In the uk families get a raw deal over insulating their homes to save money on energy bills, say the researchers.
Families in the other nations receive a lot more help to reduce energy bills UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) says.
The researchers say that the recent UK government cuts to energy efficiency programs are “ridiculous” – and the opposite of what is needed.
The government says it will soon announce a new policy soon as part of its long-delayed Clean up the Growth Plan.
But you would need to radically improve the measures to match support to the improvements offered in other nations.
Currently it is difficult for anyone in the UK outside of the poorest fifth of society access to public funds to help with insulation.
The failed UK Green Deal proposals for improvement of the loans at 7% interest.
German families have funded the government loans at 0.75%, the French couples receive E16,000 tax refunds for energy saving; and the Scots qualify for the advice and zero interest loans.
UKERC says that before 2012, the UNITED kingdom levies on energy were it helps to lower the bills in England. Without the policies, the bills would be about £500 a year higher than they are now, they say.
They say the bills could be lowered by hundreds of pounds – but only if ministers are reinstated widespread incentives for private individuals that have been banned by David Cameron’s decision to “cut the Green Crap” – (environmental policies) in response to rising energy prices.
Dr Jan Rosenow, a co-author told BBC News: “The government has reduced the expenditure in energy efficiency in recent years, claiming that it would reduce energy bills.
“It is ridiculous to cut programs efficiency to reduce your bills… you want to increase spending efficiency and to reduce bills.”
Nick Eyre, Professor of Energy Policy at Oxford, said: “The ‘Green Crap’ reduced energy bills. Until that is understood and recognized we are not going to make any progress on this order of the day.”
The researchers say domestic energy consumption has dropped by 37% between 1970 and 2015 – thanks in large part to the isolation financed by a levy on energy bills, a high standard for the condensing boilers and the efficiency of the EU rules on electrical appliances.
UKERC says the spread of house renovation in the tens of millions of more people would be much more economic way to create climate change laws that cleaning of the supply of electricity, industry or transport.
The researchers look on with envy across the Channel, where the President Macron has made energy efficiency an important policy initiative.
Pedro Guertler, one of the authors of the report, told BBC News: “The UK has offered loans at 7% under the Green Deal… the French has offered tax breaks. Who is likely to be more successful?”Change coming?
Historically, the Treasury has been reluctant to offer financial help to the families that will benefit from higher property values as a result of improvements.
Mr. Guertler think that the Treasure may be on the verge of a change. “We have been banging away at the policy detail,” he said.
“Some of the decision makers forgot how great the potential gains.”
The authors mention savings to the economy from the isolation – including benefits for the national health service and the education that the children are able to work better in warm homes.
Their relationship is a strategic policy recommendation: that the government should announce long-term targets to improve the energy efficiency of the dwellings, as he announced a ban of gasoline-only cars by 2040.
It is said that a way to achieve the improvements in terms of efficiency would be to ban the sale of cold, the kindness of the staff houses until they were brought to an acceptable level, even if it is said that this would need to be publicly discussed along with other potential measures.
The researchers also called for a radical improvement of the technology to save energy and emissions.
Professor Jim Watson from the University of Sussex, said: “There has been much less research on the reduction of the energy demand than to increase supply.
“If we had the amount of commitment to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings, as there has been to improve the efficiency of clothing we would be in a very different place.”
The report comes as Professor Dieter Helm from Oxford University is the preparation of a report of the government on the cut in energy prices. Professor Watson said that it did not make sense to consider the prices without considering the reduction of the energy demand.
A BEIS spokesman said: “The UK Government is committed to supporting households and businesses to reduce the use of energy through measures such as better insulation and more efficient heating systems. About 1.7 million homes have had energy efficiency measures installed from 2013.
“In the month of April, we have strengthened the Energy Company Obligation, providing additional support for low-income families to make it cheaper and easier to keep their homes warm. These measures take the money off the energy bills, help the environment and help meet our climate change goals.”
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