Conservatives pledge would mean crash in insulation of UK homes

April 14th, 2015

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The Conservative Party today set out an ambition in its manifesto to improve the insulation of 1 million homes over the course of the next Parliament

The Energy Bill Revolution estimates that 5 million homes had energy efficiency measures installed under all programmes over the last Parliament. 4 million were installed in the first three years from 2010 to 2013 and only 1 million in the last two years after the introduction of the disastrous new energy efficiency policies, the Energy Company Obligation and the Green Deal.  This means the Conservative Party commitment to insulate 1 million homes would represent an 80% cut in the number of energy efficiency measures installed in UK homes in the next Parliament compared to the last.   Almost 10,000 people die from living in cold homes in the UK every year and the UK has one of the most badly insulated housing stocks in western Europe.

 

Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution, campaigning to make home energy efficiency an infrastructure investment priority said:

Making homes energy efficient is the best way to bring down energy bills and the only solution to fuel poverty. The Conservative Party commitment to insulate 1 million homes over the course of the next Parliament might sound impressive but actually represents an 80% reduction in the number of energy efficiency measures to be delivered.  It would entrench fuel poverty and damage energy security. Ultimately it could cost lives.

 

Notes to Editors

The Conservatives have pledged to:

“… support low-cost measures on energy efficiency, with the goal of insulating a million more homes over the next five years, supporting our commitment to tackle fuel poverty.”

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