"There must come a point when we realise that an energy wasting home is no longer just some-ones private choice, it is a problem for all of us. Running an energy wasteful home should be as socially unacceptable as drink driving," he added.
Dr Dixon concluded that at a time when people are concerned about gas and electricity bills and thousands of builders are out of work a programme of energy efficient retrofitting of people's homes is a "clear winner".
Ofgem's recent Consumer First Panel found that people think energy-saving measures will be key to the future but feel they need more help to implement them.
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