Laws to protect historic homes are costing residents half a billion pounds a year in higher energy bills, according to research published today. People living in listed buildings or conservation areas use more energy because the uptake of measures such as UPVC windows and cavity wall insulation is lower. The two million people who live in such properties would have saved £240 last year on average if their consumption had fallen at the same rate as others’ between 2006 and 2013. Researchers said the energy-saving measures were used less in such areas because they tend to be more expensive to fit or are limited by legal restrictions. Charles Palmer from the London School of Economics, who co-wrote the paper, said: “Preservation policies have inadvertently hindered some households from cutting their energy use . . . A compromise between preservation and improving energy efficiency would help. Local authorities could relax the rules on the use of certain materials to allow for energy-efficient windows.”
Times 16th Oct 2017 read more »
Preservation policies for listed buildings and homes in conservation areas could scupper the measures to improve domestic energy efficiency as set out in the newly-released Clean Growth Strategy.
Edie 16th Oct 2017 read more »
“A lot of people assume that to have truly green energy you’ve got to install solar panels or the like,” says Carrie. “But changing to a green energy supplier is as easy as changing your bank account.” Her own supplier, Good Energy, claims that you could cut your carbon footprint in half, just by making that switch. Walking through the house, however, Carrie shows me the other measures they have taken.
Telegraph 16th Oct 2017 read more »