Only one per cent of new homes in the UK are EPC A-rated. Credit: Sander Crombach
A new analysis by the ECIU notes that extended lockdown into the winter months could exacerbate fuel poverty in the UK and calls on the government to implement vast energy efficiency programmes for homes that will lower heating bills while reducing carbon, spurring jobs and levelling regional inequalites.
Families living in the UK’s ‘leakiest’ homes could have to shell out roughly £50 more a month on heating bills than those who live in better-insulated buildings if the coronavirus lockdown is extended or repeated in the winter months, the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has today warned.
A new report from the think tank argues that an increase in household energy bills caused during an extended lockdown period could exacerbate financial challenges sparked by the Covid-19 economic shock and force families that are unable to shoulder the higher energy bills that would result from spending more time at home to live in cold, unsafe homes.
The analysis suggests that if a lockdown is reintroduced or continues during the colder, winter months, families in poorly-insulated homes may have to stomach bills elevated on average to £124 a month. Those in well-insulated homes, meanwhile, would shell out roughly £76 a month on heating.
“This report is a sobering reminder of both the consequences of past failures to tackle the problem of Britain’s leaky homes and the importance of upcoming policy interventions to start to fix the problem,” said Jess Ralston, report author and ECIU analyst.