It is a blow to the energy efficiency industry that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund scheme has shut with immediate effect.
We need to understand how £70m of Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers were allocated in the last two days of the scheme when in the first year of the Green Deal cashback scheme only £6m was spent.
For those who have accessed the GDHIF legitimately, they can enjoy the benefits of a warmer, cheaper home this winter.
Unfortunately, this now leaves many householders with pretty much no support from government to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
It also will leave many smaller installers struggling to generate any business if they haven’t already accessed ECO funding which means jobs could be put at risk.
DECC needs to ensure future support for energy efficiency is not only attractive but that it is sustainable and leads to sensible delivery and growth.
Over the past ten years Keepmoat has made 350,000 homes warmer through insulation and energy efficiency measures, saving households across Britain more than £160m on energy bills.
However, our progress has been hampered in recent years because of the frequent changes to energy efficiency programmes.
To meet the government’s new long term energy efficiency goals, we need cross party support to make domestic energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority with ring-fenced funding targeted at those in fuel poverty.
The social housing sector is ideally placed to kick start the efforts of tackling fuel poverty through the delivery of cost effective, area based, fuel poverty programmes.