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Energy: Housing

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the take-up rate of home energy efficiency improvements in the Energy Savings Trust Penistone area project has been to date; and which such improvements are (a) free of charge and (b) made at a cost to the householder. (319734)

The total take-up of home energy efficiency improvements in the Energy Saving Trust Penistone area project is 273. Of the total, 121 of these have been free and the balance, 152, have been provided at cost to the customer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the take-up rate of home energy efficiency improvements in the Home Energy Efficiency programme trials has been to date; and which such improvements are (a) free of charge and (b) made at a cost to the householder. (319735)

The Warm Front scheme1 (Home Energy Efficiency scheme) is currently piloting the installation of 100 air source heat pumps and 100 installations of external wall insulation for park homes. The scheme has also piloted the installation of solar thermal heating for 125 households. The cost of these installations is fully funded by the scheme, at no cost to the participating households.

1 The Home Energy Efficiency scheme which begun in 1991 was rebranded to the Warm Front scheme in 2000.