UK homes among worst in Europe for energy efficiency, report finds

The UK faces an even worse energy crisis next winter without a major insulation program to fix leaking homes across the country, the government of Liz Truss has warned.

Britain remains one of the worst countries in Europe when it comes to the energy efficiency of its homes, according to a new report from the think tank Respect Institute for Government (IfG).

Ms Truss has pledged to cap household energy bills at £2,500 for the next two years with her plan for the government to subsidize energy giants’ wholesale costs – which are expected to cost around £100bn £.

But the government will continue to pay huge bills and borrow more to cover the cost of energy consumption unless it commits to big programs to improve efficiency and reduce demand, said warned the think tank.

The IfG report states: It adds: “If the government focuses only on short-term financial support and long-term measures unlikely to have a major impact, it will find itself in an even more difficult position. in a year.

He warns: “UK households and businesses are likely to still face high energy bills in the winter of 2023 – most likely beyond… Financing very high energy costs through borrowing, without a demand reduction strategy , will prove unsustainable.

The IfG said the UK’s housing stock is ‘the oldest and least energy efficient in Europe’ and found that UK homes ‘consume more energy than typical homes in other countries of the EU” – citing research from the Committee on Climate Change.

The latest report also reported on a 2020 study which found that a UK home with an indoor temperature of 20C and an outdoor temperature of 0C lost an average of 3C in five hours, more than comparable countries in Europe.

Home insulation installations have fallen by 50% this year as the government ended a failing subsidy scheme, adding to the pain of soaring energy costs.

Criticizing a “lost decade” on home improvement and lack of ambition, the think tank urged the government to consider a mix of grants, loans and tax incentives.

The IfG thinks a major efficiency program could have a quick impact. The think tank cited analysis suggesting that a major program to cut energy use, including increasing insulation, could cut UK household energy costs by £27billion as early as 2023.

There are growing fears that the government’s failure to launch a public campaign to reduce energy consumption will increase the risk of blackouts this winter.

But Ms Truss is believed to be resisting calls for a campaign to encourage the public to switch off appliances and lower their thermostats, as many countries across Europe have done in recent weeks.

“Work was commissioned in this area and rejected by ministers in the last government. The Prime Minister agrees with this position,” a government source told the Sunday time.

Ms Truss announced the energy price guarantee hours before the Queen died on Thursday – capping all household bills at £2,500 for two years, while promising similar support to businesses for at least six months.

No 10 said he did not believe the 10-day mourning period would impact policy as officials will continue to work out the details and MPs are not required to pass legislation.

But Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, who has yet to say how much it will cost, has only a narrow window to reveal the tax details of the package between the end of the mourning period and the start of the conference recess on 22 september.

Mary I. Bruner