The UK has some of the worst insulated homes in Europe, with 17 million of our 28 million homes being below band C Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), on a scale of A (very good) to E (poor).

To stop our old homes leaking heat, various insulation measures can be taken.

The government have just published the Heat and Buildings Strategy setting out their aim to improve our old and heat leaking housing stock. The plan is to retrofit most houses with insulation by 2050.

I know from experience that installing insulation does improve energy efficiency and reduce heating costs, so would urge readers to take advantage of any grants or loans when announced.

The government also outlines plans to move to low carbon heat sources, by phasing out new gas boilers from 2035.

At present some 86% of homes have gas central heating and cash grants of £5,000 will be on offer towards the cost of replacement electric air or ground source heat pumps.

By insulating and installing electric heat pumps, we will be able to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes and so contribute to reducing global warming.

John Tomblin

Littlemoor Road