Energy Strategy: Poorly insulated homes are paying £9bn more in heating bills

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  • 13 million homes across UK have poor energy efficiency rating
  • Conservatives’ failure to upgrade homes leaves some households paying nearly £1,000 than needed
  • In some areas over four in five families are living in leaky homes
  • Chancellor’s failure to invest in insulating homes branded “short-sighted penny pinching”

The Government’s failure to insulate Britain’s homes is leading to families paying over £9 billion more a year for their energy bills, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed."

It comes as the Treasury has reportedly blocked plans to invest more in home insulation in tomorrow’s energy security strategy, despite a government target of upgrading all homes to Band C by 2035.

Analysis by the Liberal Democrats shows 13.4 million homes across the UK have received poor energy efficiency ratings (EPC Bands D-G). These households pay an average of £687 more a year than those with a Band C rating. Meanwhile, those on the lowest energy efficiency ratings pay nearly £1,000 more a year.

It means that in total, households in poorly insulated homes are set to pay an estimated £9.2 billion more in energy bills a year, because the government has failed to bring them up to at least a Band C rating.

The figures also reveal the areas with the highest proportion of leaky homes. People living in the Isles of Scilly have some of the worst insulated homes, with 85% of homes being in Band D-G. Four in five families in Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd are in poorly insulated homes, paying an estimated £45.7 million more a year, while three-quarters of Blackpool residents are paying around £40 million more for their drafty homes. 

Liberal Democrat Climate and Energy Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said:

“This Conservative Government’s failure to tackle our cold and leaky homes has piled misery on top of the cost of living crisis. It has left families around the country struggling to heat their homes and put food on the table.
“Now is not the time for short-sighted penny pinching by a Conservative chancellor who has shown he is completely out of touch.

“An emergency package of support is needed to fix Britain's leaky homes and cut energy bills in the long term, funded by a windfall tax on the super profits of oil and gas companies.”

ENDS
 
Notes to editors

Full data on the number of poorly insulated homes (EPC Bands D-G), based on EPCs lodged between 2008-2021.

  • Analysis of statistics by the Liberal Democrats shows that homes that currently have a Band F EPC rating, which are often poorly insulated, are paying on average £961 more than those in the EPC band C.  Full analysis of EPC and Energy Bills data
  • The Government’s current target is for all homes to be of at least EPC Band C rating by 2035. 
  • If a family remains in a Band F home until the government’s 2035 deadline, they will be paying on almost £12,500 more than those in Band C over the course of that period.

Top ten worst areas

 

Top ten worst areas for enery efficient homes

Local Authority area

Number of homes Band D-G

Proportion of homes D-G

Extra Cost of Energy Bills compared to Band C

Isles of Scilly

758

85%

£521,215.96

Pembrokeshire

30,261

80%

£20,808,068.82

Gwynedd

33,397

78%

£22,964,445.14

Blackpool

57,210

77%

£39,338,740.20

Castle Point

19,811

77%

£13,622,439.82

Burnley

32,106

77%

£22,076,727.72

Ceredigion

23,316

76%

£16,032,547.92

Hyndburn

24,979

76%

£17,176,059.98

Denbighshire

28,897

74%

£19,870,155.14

Southampton

48,818

73%

£33,568,233.16

Stafford

23,670

73%

£16,275,965.40