Homeowners in the north west could face 30 years of higher energy bills as they fall behind making their home more efficient, according to new analysis. Houses in London and the South East of the country are likely to meet targets by 2031, according to property data company Kamma, while it might take homes in Manchester and Liverpool until 2061. This could leave homeowners and renters paying higher energy bills in Merseyside and elsewhere for up to three decades, and also put a dent in the UK’s climate plans. The Government wants homes across the UK to reach an energy efficiency score of EPC C by 2030. The EPC system (Energy Performance Certificate) assigns a rating of between the A, the best, and G, the worst. Plugging up leaky homes can help the UK on its target to release no more emissions than it absorbs by 2050, the so-called net zero plan. Household emissions currently make up 22% of the greenhouse gasses produced in the UK. More than 60% of UK homes have a D rating or below, but this fluctuates from 64% in Yorkshire and Humber to 55% in London, Kamma said. Wales and the West Midlands lies at 63% at D or below, while the North West is slightly better at 62%. But rather than narrowing, the gap is widening. In the last decade, there have been more energy efficiency improvements, such as double glazing, insulation or solar water heating, in London homes, than in the North West – the area where progress has been slowest.
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