The Government’s new Energy Security Strategy sets to accelerate sustainable energy and tackle the significant rises in fuel and energy prices. But what it doesn’t address is improving the UK’s 29 million inefficient homes.
The UK has the oldest housing stock in Europe and the least energy efficient. A recent study by EDF analysed 21 million homes across England and Wales and found that 58% had an insulation age or value pre-1976. Carbon is leaking out of our homes, it’s costing homeowners a fortune, and no-one is doing anything to sort out the leak! Our country urgently needs an effective energy efficiency scheme, developed as a national infrastructure project for the benefit of all parties involved.
List 5 key learning points:
1. Changes to Approved Document L is great news for new homes but it’s only one part of the solution.
2. Improving the energy efficiency of the UK’s existing housing stock is equally, if not more, important.
3. We are facing an energy crisis and insulating homes is the most effective way to save energy and cut household bills.
4. The Government has ambitious targets for Net Zero by 2050. But targets will not be met unless improved energy efficiency is prioritised across ALL housing stock.
5. An effective energy efficiency scheme is long overdue and needs to be made a national infrastructure project.