Britain’s energy bills are on the slide despite rising renewable energy subsidies paid through customer bills due to energy efficiency measures reportedly dubbed “green cr–” by the former Conservative Party leader. The Government is preparing to reveal evidence that the push for home building regulations and insulation is paying off with lower bills, according to energy minister Claire Perry. “It’s something that we don’t seem to talk about,” she told delegate of the Conservative Party conference. “But for household consumers energy bills have actually gone down, mostly because we are more energy efficient and use more efficient appliances.” The minister said the Government will shortly publish a report showing that energy efficiency has resulted in lower household bills in recent years, even as the industry undergoes a major overhaul. Official figures show that the average price of a dual fuel energy bill paid via direct debit has fallen from over £1,000 a year in late 2013 to less around £865 a year today. The impact of energy efficiency is expected to be laid bare within a raft of Government energy programmes expected over the next month. First the clean growth plan will be unveiled “within weeks”, followed by an independent review of costs, and the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
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