UK pledges £1bn to insulate middle-income homes

Energy Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the new Eco+ program will aim to make middle-income homes more energy efficient and advise people on how to reduce their energy use.

The government’s recently announced Eco+ scheme could see receive hundreds of thousands of homes across the country insulation of the attic and the cavity wallsaving consumers around £310 a year, according to the energy secretary.

The A £1 billion scheme will be executed for three years from spring 2023 and are aimed at families who do not currently receive support for the modernization of homes. Around 80% of the funding will be made available to those households in some of the least energy efficient homes in the country, i.e. those with an EPC rating of D or below, and in the lower council tax brackets.

A fifth of the funding will also go to those who are the most vulnerable, including those on verified subsidies or in energy poverty, the government said.

Also, about £18m will be spent on a public information campaign providing advice on how to save energy. The advice would include reducing boiler flow temperatures from 75C to 60C and turning down radiators in empty rooms, which the government says could save a typical household £160 a year.

The new scheme will join existing £6.6 billion earmarked for ‘Help to Heat’ energy programmes.

“The government has implemented immediate aid to support families in the wake of the global increase in energy prices caused by Putin’s illegal march on Ukraine”, Shapps said. “Today we are launching the first of many measures to ensure the British public is never in this position again as we work towards an energy independent future.

“A new Eco program will enable thousands more people to insulate their homes, protecting the pounds in their pockets and creating jobs across the country.”

Currently, almost a fifth of UK emissions come from buildings, according to the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC) and Britain is said to have the weakest housing stock in Europe, with as many as 19 million homes require better insulation.

Despite broad calls for more ambitious isolation programmes, Labor has criticized the pledge, calling it a day a “heated announcement with no new resources” that comes “too little, too late”.

Greenpeace UK energy campaigner Georgia Whitaker also warned that funding was not enough, with nearly seven million homes already suffering from energy poverty.

“This is a drop in the ocean compared to what people actually need to stay warm and comfortable this winter and winters to come,” Whitaker said.“At least £6 billion is needed by the end of this Parliament for a nationwide insulation program which will not only help reduce our emissions but also reduce the UK’s appalling levels of energy poverty.

“The sooner the government realizes this and actually takes action, the sooner we will have cheaper bills, more energy security and a more stable climate.”

Eco’s announcement is part of the government’s push towards meeting its ambition to make the UK energy independent amid rising electricity and gas costs as well as a cost of living crisis which could lead to some areas of the country facing power outages and leaving just as many 40 percent of British households face fuel poverty winter comes.

Apart from houses, the UK’s wider infrastructure is needs revision, according to consultants, in order to adapt to the extreme temperatures expected for years to come. UK iRooms are predominantly built to stay warm during relatively mild winters, while infrastructure such as hospitals, trains and power lines struggle in hot weather and are often pushed to their limits crisis point.

To address this energy crisis, the UK gThe government has set an ambition to reduce energy consumption by 15% by 2030.

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