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House-to-house visits and... free EPCs?

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 19-Nov-07 07:41:14 PM

According to TimesOnline, Gordon Brown has, today, announced plans to introduce a new helpline called the 'Green Homes Service" for householders wishing to find out how to reduce their C02 emissions.

A helpline - sigh - great!

Well, that's what the Times says anyway (Read the article); Guardian Politics interpret it slightly differently:

By 2016 Brown also promised that all new houses would be zero carbon and vowed to help one in three existing households to cut their carbon footprints through a one-stop green homes service...

[Added: The DEFRA site has more info on the Green Homes Scheme]

House-to-house visits 

It also adds that households in poorer areas can expect, 'house-to-house visits [...] which could save householders more than £100 a year in energy bills.'

The devil, and finer detail apply here - How does the mere unsolicited knock on the door save householders more than £100 a year?

Unless, it is tied into his next declaration:

He also promised free insulation for 5m homes over the next three years, and low-energy light bulbs and appliances to a further 3m homes.

At last!

Now we're talking - Real action. Most welcome.

Free Energy Performance Certificates for all?

A curious paragraph in The Guardian's write-up also says:

...that each home will be issued with energy performance certificates providing householders with energy ratings.

[Emphasis mine]

Does this signal a shift in policy? Free EPCs all-round, anybody?

Source: Brown ready to make deeper emissions cuts - Guardian Politics.

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