07 Dec 2009 09:12:09
Home energy efficiency scheme launched
Homeowners across England are today (December 7th) being given the chance to become more energy efficient thanks to a new government initiative.
To coincide with the start of the climate change summit in Copenhagen, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has unveiled its home Energy Pay As You Save project.
Under the scheme, householders will be able to invest in energy-saving measures and microgeneration technologies without having to face any upfront costs.
Repayments will be made over a long period of time.
"Many British householders want to reduce their emissions, but are put off by the upfront cost of installing insulation, solar panels or ground source heat pumps. Pay As You Save will trial different ways of paying for this work so it's affordable," said energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband.
"One-quarter of the UK's total emissions comes from homes, so householders have to be a part of the solution to climate change. Increasing the energy efficiency of homes not only helps reduce emissions, but will also help reduce fuel bills."
Pilot tests are being conducted on around 500 householders across the country under the £4 million scheme.http://tinyurl.com/yzwvyfw