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 homes 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.
In a Net Zero Exeter all residents will be able to live in an affordable home which is energy efficient and healthy; where fuel poverty is reduced.
- The provision of affordable, quality and sustainable housing in the city, shall have increased; enabling lower income families to live centrally and have easy access to employment and services.
- Exeter shall have launched a Local Retraining Scheme for sustainable construction, enabling workers to adapt to the demand for skills such as retrofitting for energy efficiency purposes.
- All domestic homes in Exeter shall achieve energy performance ratings of C+ following completion of a widespread programme of retrofit to reduce energy demand and costs.
- Domestic heating demand in Exeter shall have been reduced by 1.8 TWh per year, due to retrofit energy efficiency measures (including insulation and electrification of heat).
- Fuel poverty shall have been eliminated in Exeter.
- Exeter planning policy shall support housing design features which create a healthy environment and promote wellbeing as standard.