LONDON, England : According to the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group EEIG, business organizations and charities, improved insulation could save UK households more than 500 per year on energy bills.
According to officials, the EEIG is calling for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prioritize energy savings through home improvements, which could save the country 7.8 billion a year.
Households have seen energy bills rise in recent months and further increases are due in April when the energy price cap will be raised to account for higher wholesale gas prices, putting pressure on the UK government to help those affected.
The current and previous administrations were partly to blame, as they failed to ensure that British homes had adequate insulation, according to the EEIG.
The cost-of-living crisis is being driven by soaring gas prices. EEIG chairwoman Sarah Kostense-Winterton said that there is a way to reduce bills by reducing demand through energy efficiency measures.
She said that it is important for the government to focus on the long term in order to avoid future crises, and that emergency short-term measures are crucial for the most vulnerable households.
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor, was urged by the backbench MPs to use the previous autumn's budget to introduce a multi-year energy efficiency program, but he refused to do so.
Johnson promised to allocate 6 billion to fund energy efficiency up to 2030, but he also stressed that money is not allocated to a broken promise, as stated in his earlier manifesto.
The EEIG is calling for a new 3.6 billion grant or subsidy scheme to help all households, including private owners, to insulate their homes, which was backed by MPs who are members of the Conservative Environment Network.
A government spokesman said there had already been significant progress in upgrading the energy efficiency of England's homes, from 9 percent rated grade C in 2008, to 40 percent today.
He added that all of the new heating systems installed in UK homes from 2035 will be low-carbon technologies, such as heat pumps or hydrogen-ready boilers.
The energy efficiency of households in the United Kingdom is the best long term solution to combat fuel poverty, which is why we are supporting households across the UK to improve their energy performance and reduce bills, a spokesman said.