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Heating retrofit hope from Government plan

The retrofit market could receive a massive boost from Government plans to install energy efficiency measures in one in four homes in the UK.

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband, and communities and local government secretary Hazel Blears will unveil the plans on Thursday according to a report in The Guardian.

The proposals will be part of a strategy to reduce the carbon emissions associated with the UK’s existing housing stock.

It is believed the plans will involve giving seven million houses and flats a complete refit to improve insulation and energy efficiency.

The report said the campaign will be compared to the 10-year programme that saw British homes converted to gas central heating in the 1960s and 1970s.

Homeowners will also be encouraged to install small-scale renewable and low-carbon heating systems such as solar panels, heat pumps and wood-burning boilers.