Brits living in council houses with poor energy ratings can now benefit from an expanded insulation scheme, potentially saving up to £400 a year on their energy bills.
The Great British Energy Insulation Scheme
The newly launched Great British Energy Insulation Scheme, which replaces the Green Homes Grants, aims to help 300,000 homes over the course of three years. This is in addition to the 2.4 million households who have already received support through the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
Stop Energy Escaping
The scheme offers £1 billion of funding for roof, loft, or cavity wall insulation, targeting homes with poor energy ratings of D or below. The goal is to prevent energy from escaping, thereby reducing gas bills.
Sky-High Gas Bills
Despite the energy price cap falling to around £1,900 per year for the average household, gas bills remain expensive. The expanded insulation scheme aims to alleviate some of the financial burden on families.
Support for Vulnerable Communities
Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho emphasizes that the Great British Insulation scheme will provide much-needed support to vulnerable communities. Families are urged to take advantage of the online checker tool, which launches today, to access this assistance.
More Needs to Be Done
Angela Terry, founder of consumer website One Home, believes that while the insulation scheme is a step in the right direction, more action is required. With approximately eight million homes in the UK lacking adequate loft insulation, she asserts that reducing energy demand is crucial to address the rising cost of living and the climate crisis.