Greener Homes Update from Dep’t for Energy & Climate Change

The Government last year published a long and detailed report – Greener Homes – setting out the UK’s long term plans to hit the Carbon Reduction targets we have signed up to . Emphasis was on the ways in which existing houses could use energy far more efficiently to cut both carbon emissions and winter heating bills.

Part of this plan was the ” Green Deal ” in which help was to be offered to homeowners to help get solid wall insulation installed along the lines of a long term greem loan with low repayments and some help from the Energy Suppliers themselves towards the costs.

The below article is reproduced from the Dept for Energy & Climate Change and is the latest press release on this subject:

Huhne demands greater lagging effort from energy suppliers

A massive increase in the amount of home insulation installed across Great Britain is being kick started today, paving the way for the Government’s new Green Deal.

By properly insulating homes, people can save money on fuel bills, protect the warmth of their home and cut carbon emissions. It’s estimated the most energy inefficient homes in the UK could save, on average, around £550 per year by installing insulation measures.

Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne is today demanding that energy suppliers work harder to insulate lofts and walls ensuring that consumers, especially low income vulnerable households, receive measures which can offer significant energy bill savings.

Under the newly restructured Government obligation on energy companies (CERT – Carbon Emissions Reduction Target), extended from March 2011 until December 2012:

* 68% of energy suppliers’ work will now have to be met through professionally installed loft, cavity and solid wall insulation. With DIY insulation added, more than 80% of the scheme will be focused on insulation. Previously just 60% was met through professional and DIY work;
* 15% of homes helped will be the lowest income households more at risk of fuel poverty;
* Energy companies will now be stopped from promoting compact fluorescent lamps in order to prioritise insulation, further to the total ban on light bulb mail-outs.

The changes to CERT will mean some 3.5 million more homes across Great Britain are likely to benefit from insulation, building substantially on the 2.5 million homes treated under the scheme since April 2008.

Chris Huhne said:

“Our plans will give a huge boost to the insulation industry during the economic recovery as we pave the way for the start of the Green Deal. This is the beginning of a massive and urgent increase in home energy insulation for the nation. We are demanding that energy companies work harder to make homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to run, especially for those who need it most.”

The government announced in the Queen’s Speech that it is to introduce legislation which will enable households to finance more expensive measures like solid wall insulation with no upfront costs. Through the Green Deal, energy efficiency work could be repaid through a charge on a home’s energy meter offset by the savings made on fuel bills, meaning many householders will benefit from day one. This Green Deal is expected to be available in late 2012.”

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