90,000 homes to benefit from £350m efficiency scheme
Around 90,000 homes in the poorest areas of the UK should have their energy bills cut under a £350 million government scheme that launched yesterday.
Energy companies will spend the money over three years to improve the energy efficiency of homes. The aim is to cut emissions by an average of 20 per cent, and to focus on alleviating fuel poverty.
The launch of the Community Energy Saving Programme comes as the government pledged its support to the 10:10 campaign, which is calling for a 10 per cent reduction in carbon emissions during 2010.
To back the commitment, energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband outlined other measures the government has taken to reduce emissions, including:
- Increasing the obligation on energy suppliers to promote household carbon emission reductions
- Trialling a ‘pay as you save’ scheme to fund whole house energy retrofits, which is intended to treat 7 million homes by 2020
- Phasing out 100W light bulbs, and all pearl bulbs, in favour of energy efficient designs
He also said his department is on track to meet its own efficiency goal, a 10 per cent improvement by April 2010, and would continue to make further reductions.
A poll carried out by the Energy Saving Trust has found 35 per cent of people in Britain would be prepared to pay more for a home that was powered by renewable sources. But 53 per cent said the cost of renewable energy is discouraging them from investing.