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Energy: Housing

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made towards establishing a one-stop green homes service since the Prime Minister’s announcement of the initiative in November 2007. (289447)

Following my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s announcement in November 2007, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has established the Government funded Act on CO2 advice line and nationwide network of regional advice centres. The ‘one-stop-shop’ offers consumers a range of free and impartial advice on energy efficiency, microgeneration and renewable energy, low carbon transport, water efficiency and waste reduction and a range of independent services and sources of funding that will help them action that advice.

The EST will also be contacting all households with properties that have received the lowest home energy ratings (F and G ratings) in their Energy Performance Certificates, to offer tailored advice on energy savings measures that could be taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Chorley of 23 April 2009, Official Report, columns 863-64W, on household energy efficiency, whether the seven million homes to be provided with whole house energy refurbishment by 2020 are in addition to the over five million homes insulated since 2002. (289534)

Our goal is to have made whole-house packages of measures available to all homes by 2030. These packages would include all cost-effective energy saving measures and renewable heat and electricity measures as appropriate and we project that around seven million homes will have received them by 2020. This may include homes that have already been insulated since 2002, where scope exists for additional measures through the whole-house approach.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what expenditure the Energy Saving Trust incurred on energy efficiency measures in domestic dwellings in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and what estimate the Trust has made of such expenditure in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11. (289651)

The Trust has not directly funded any domestic energy efficiency measures in households during the periods 2007-08 and 2008-09 as it is not the Energy Saving Trust's role to directly fund such measures. The Trust does not plan to fund these measures in future years.

The Trust raises consumers' awareness of the effectiveness of energy efficiency measures and then converts that awareness into action. It does this by sign-posting and guiding consumers to appropriate grant and offer schemes for energy efficiency measures such as insulation.