12 Sep 2022
The UK has some of the coldest and costliest homes to heat in Europe. Draughty homes waste energy and money. They’re also bad for the planet – 80% of our homes are run on climate-wrecking gas, and a fifth of the UK’s climate emissions come from heating our homes and buildings.
It's clear we need a new approach to heating our homes – one that doesn’t cost us the earth. Thankfully, there are solutions. Measures like installing insulation could help reduce our bills up to 20% and keep our homes warmer.
What’s insulation and how will it lower our bills?
Insulation helps reduce the heat your home loses when it’s cold outside. It’s the cheapest and quickest way to permanently lower all of our bills because it helps trap warmth inside and so reduces the amount of energy we need in the first place. But because of the upfront cost, or our housing situation, many of us can’t make the necessary changes on our own.
It’s critical the government starts investing in insulation now to prevent devastating choices over the coming months and years. There are approximately 8 million homes in the UK in need of loft or cavity wall insulation, or both. Each of these measures is estimated to save approximately 20% on household energy bills. A home that undergoes both upgrades could save around 40%. With average household bills soaring into the thousands, that’s a serious saving!
What are we calling for?
United for Warm Homes is calling for emergency programmes of insulation and energy saving measures, funded by the UK government. Different approaches might be needed in different nations, but in England this should be council-led and delivered street-by-street. By starting in neighbourhoods most affected by fuel poverty we can help as many people as possible stay warm this winter. Measures should include:
- loft and cavity wall insulation
- thermostatic radiator valves
- smart heating controls and
- energy audits, to help determine which improvements would be best for which homes.
Upgrading our homes would help everyone to live in a warm, comfortable home that doesn’t cost the earth. But for more than a decade, the government has failed to get a grip of the problem.
As bills soar and millions face hardship, it’s time to unite and show the government that the public demands better. Will you and your group work with your local community and demand the government insulates your neighbourhood and neighbourhoods across the country from high bills and cold homes?