Boris Johnson receives letter warning 'confusing' home energy plan will have dire results

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The coalition includes Citizens Advice, the Federation of Master Builders, the Aldersgate Group and Which?. They say that the Government’s plans to decarbonise homes are too “confusing” and more needs to be done financially to support the changes. Tackling energy use in the residential sector is a key part of the Government’s plans to reach their legally binding net zero target by 2050.

The carbon generated by home heating amounts to about 20 percent of all UK emissions.

The Government has announced a number of policies as part of Mr Johnson’s “Ten Point Plan” for a “green industrial revolution,” including the Future Homes Standard which will require new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy.

But the coalition argues the process of installing low-carbon heating, upgrading insulation or putting in smart technologies into already built houses is “time consuming, confusing and stressful”.

The letter to the prime minister says there are three key concerns that need to be addressed to ensure that plans to decarbonise homes don’t fail.

Boris Johnson has come under fire

Boris Johnson has come under fire (Image: GETTY)

The Government have been warned about the 'confusing' plans

The Government have been warned about the ‘confusing’ plans (Image: GETTY)

This includes – more access to unbiased information, increased consumer protection for decarbonising homes and a long-term policy framework for reducing costs.

Dame Clare Moriarty, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Our evidence is clear. Right now, making green changes to homes is too confusing and too often things go wrong for those trying to do the right thing.

“The public is behind the net zero transition, but they need the right information and tools, particularly when it comes to adapting their home.

“By getting things right now, the government can give people the confidence to make changes and play their part in getting to net zero.”

“I think solar panels are a very good idea, especially for people who want to contribute to a cleaner environment.”

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New builds are increasingly using green technology

New builds are increasingly using green technology (Image: GETTY)

In response to the letter, a government spokesperson said: “We are investing £1.3bn this year alone to support people to install energy efficiency measures in their homes, with upgrades to 50,000 low-income households already underway.

“Our Simple Energy Advice service offers clear information on what financial support is available for people to make home improvements so they can save money on their energy bills.”

The Heat and Building Strategy, due to be published next month, will help the Government to address potential issues for homeowners such as electricity being significantly more expensive than gas.

That “price distortion” is seen as a barrier to helping promote low-carbon solutions, such as hydrogen boilers and heat pumps.

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homeowners are finding it difficult to make the switch

homeowners are finding it difficult to make the switch (Image: GETTY)

More action is needed to level-up the whole of the UK

More action is needed to level-up the whole of the UK (Image: GETTY)

The Committee on Climate Change has warned the Government that consumers could end up paying £100 more a year.

The Times reports that an alternative strategy could include an emissions trading scheme along with electricity and fossil fuel levies.

They say the Government has concluded that it is only fair that households which rely on fossil fuels should contribute to the cost of moving to new solutions.

They hope to make the transition to low-carbon heating “cost neutral”.

his could mean that as electricity bills fall and subsidies are removed gas bills rise.

The Government is expected to commit to phasing out the installation of new gas boilers by 2035, with all new heating systems “low-carbon” or “low-carbon ready” by that date.

William Murphy

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