Ten million homes to benefit from energy saving measures

| September 11, 2008 | 0 Comments
Ten million homes to benefit from energy saving measures

Over 10 million homes in Britain are to benefit from a government initiative to help reduce fuel bills.

With gas and electricity costs soaring in recent months ministers have been under pressure to introduce a windfall tax on utility providers as a means of funding cash handouts to the nation’s poorer families.

However, the idea has been abandoned in favour of measures that will have a longer-lasting impact on family finances.

Households will instead to able to apply for such items as loft insulation, a new boiler and double glazing.

According to Energy Secretary, John Hutton, improving insulation and energy efficiency can take £250 a year off the average household’s gas and electricity bills.

A national project of this nature can also create new jobs in the green collar sector and energy firms and DIY stores will be involved in the scheme.

Energy costs for the average home have increased to £1,406, up from £676 in 2005, and according to The National Housing Federation 5.7 million households in the UK are fuel poor, that is to say spend at least 10% of income on energy.

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