Rising energy prices, energy inefficient housing and low incomes have resulted in high levels of fuel poverty across the UK. The adverse health effects of living in a cold, poorly ventilated home are well-established, ranging from cardiovascular and respiratory problems to depression. There is also evidence of wider social impacts, such as social isolation, with some people having to make choices between heating their home or buying the food they need.
An energy efficient home reduces wasted energy usage and its demand for non-renewable energy resources. It may also offer healthier and cleaner living conditions through better ventilation and maintenance of moderate temperature. A financial saving may also occur in an energy efficient home. There are a range of energy saving measures that can be applied to existing homes and also new standards emerging for the building of new homes.
We are seeking ways to improve the efficiency of new and existing homes while ensuring that we don’t make them less affordable for those who want to live in them.