Consumers wishing to switch energy provider might be able to have their homes insulated under a new government scheme.
Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne unveiled proposals to train 1,000 apprentices to make energy efficiency improvements to properties under the green deal scheme.
The trainees would be able to install cavity and wall insulation as well as fitting energy efficient heating systems in the premises of business energy customers.
"To succeed, we will need a big injection of skills and investment," the minister commented.
"These apprenticeships are a perfect example of how government and business can work together to a low carbon future."
Mike Childs, head of climate action at Friends of the Earth, told the BBC that a low carbon economy must be a "top priority" for the government.
"Building a greener future must be at the heart of this month's Budget. Thousands of new green jobs could be created if we invested in the UK's vast green energy potential and slashed energy waste," he noted.
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