Homeowners who sell draughty homes could be fined, a report has suggested. Economic consultancy Frontier Economics says the money raised could underpin government funding for insulating the homes of the least wealthy homeowners. It is the most radical idea in the report, which also urges interest-free loans and tax and stamp duty rebates for people to insulate their homes. Frontier warns the government will miss its targets on cutting carbon emissions unless it stops energy waste in homes.
BBC 27th Sept 2017 read more »
Progress in making Britain’s homes more energy efficient has stalled, but the government could salvage billions in wastage by taking a few key steps, a new report with wide backing has found. Ministers are preparing a new “clean growth” plan after the scrapping of the green deal, which left the UK without a government policy on making homes more energy efficient and tackling fuel poverty. Ministers have also abandoned regulations for all new homes to be constructed to zero-carbon standards, leaving housebuilders with little obligation to build new homes to energy efficient specifications. As a result, the rapid improvements to efficiency in the UK’s housing stock seen before 2015 have stalled. Now a new report, Affordable warmth, clean growth written by Frontier Economics, has won the backing of more than 20 organisations, including green campaigners, thinktanks, companies selling insulation and services, and the energy companies E.ON and Npower. after the demise of the green deal in 2015, there has been a halving of the annual investment in domestic energy efficiency, and an 80% decline in the number of improvement measures installed in homes between 2012 and 2015. This leaves huge scope for cost savings, which could benefit UK consumers to the tune of more than £7bn if improvements were carried out, or the equivalent of six Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors, according to a recent report by the UK Energy Research Centre.
Guardian 27th Sept 2017 read more »