The government has announced that it intends to discontinue Warm Front – the grant scheme to help vulnerable households insulate their homes and update their heating systems – from 2013.
Instead a new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is being introduced to provide basic heating and insulation to the poorest and most vulnerable households as part of the Government’s Green Deal, which will help householders install energy efficiency measures at no upfront cost.
This year’s budget for Warm Front is already fully allocated, but those who have already registered will continue to be helped. Further funds will become available through Warm Front in April 2011, but these will be directed more towards replacing and repairing heating systems, rather than installing insulation.
Government figures show that the average household could be losing more than £300 a year due to poor energy efficiency, so we’ve investigated some of the measures you can take to improve energy efficiency in your own home. Our Environment & saving energy section has tips for installing wall insulation, loft insulation and buying energy-saving products.
Warmer homes, lower bills
From April next year, energy companies will be required by law to give a discount on energy bills to more of their most vulnerable customers, as part of the Warm Home Discount scheme.
Over the four years of the scheme to 2015, the Warm Home Discount will be worth up to £1.1 billion and is projected to help around two million households each year.
Even with a well-insulated home, the rising cost of energy means that it’s worthwhile checking you’re on the cheapest available energy tariff. But with so many rates and tariffs to choose from, it can be difficult to find the best deal – which is why we’re campaigning for the Government to introduce .
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