Tackling our least energy-efficient homes is an absolutely key priority here at the Energy Saving Trust, and we're delighted that our new report – published yesterday – shows that we can make a massive improvement to the worst of them for under £3,000 on average.
Now, we realise there is a lot to do. Is getting F & G homes to an E banding enough to hit our 2050 80% carbon reduction target? Of course not, but it will take us a step
along the way. It’ll also help protect the health and monthly outgoings of a lot of
people living in cold homes.
The Energy Saving Trust wants to see as many existing homes as possible being brought straight to an A or B standard. That's why, as well as research into the least energy efficient homes, we work so hard providing guidance on advanced low-carbon refurbishment!
The real message we're getting across today is that, where the least energy-efficient homes can emit over 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, bringing these up to an E rating would save 14 tonnes of C02 for each home, every year. (By comparison, a very average British home emits five tonnes of CO2.)
And the really good news is that, even among these worst F and G-banded homes, quite a few could be brought to Band E for well under £1,000, just by insulating the loft.
In 2008, 17% of English homes were in the F and G bands. In 2006 it had been 22% – so, as our report on F and G-rated properties shows today, we are moving in the right direction.
Click to download our F & G Banded Homes report.