Lower energy efficiency standards have cost owners of new homes £2.8m since 2017

Households in Wychavon were slapped with an extra £2.8m in energy bills after Conservatives scrapped home efficiency measures in 2016. This has been made worse, as this April Ofgem announced the energy price cap increase with average bills expected to increase by 54%, which is devastating for many households.
Analysis from the Lib Dems has found that the Conservative Government's decision to scrap the Zero Carbon Homes Standard in 2016 has added a total of £2,787,800 to energy bills. Under the scheme, household bills would have been £200 per year cheaper.
Since scrapping the scheme, 4,471 new builds have been built in Wychavon with lower efficiency standards and higher energy bills. Additionally, the Government is considering scrapping more home efficiency measures such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which is a levy on energy bills that pays for energy efficiency measures for people on low incomes.
Lib Dem Climate Emergency spokesperson Cllr Dan Boatright commented:
“The Conservatives have slapped hundreds of pounds onto people’s energy bills by scrapping efficiency standards for new homes. This shameful record has left over 4000 households in homes across Wychavon which are not future proof and still emitting carbon and heat. This is making people unfairly vulnerable to soaring energy prices. The fact that ministers are now considering cutting more energy efficiency measures is yet another indication of their lack of commitment to reaching net zero and to real ‘levelling up’ for the less well-off. It doesn’t help that locally our Conservative-led council seems hell bent on building as many houses as possible on green fields with no intention of forcing developers to install more solar panels, electric chargers and eco-heating systems. To meet the government target of a 78% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2035 we need to install 2400 eco-heating systems like heat pumps every year and yet this number is in the low hundreds.”
Wychavon Group Leader Cllr Margaret Rowley said:
“Families up and down the country are facing worryingly sharp increases in the cost of living, made worse by the current government’s failure to show ambition and leadership in the critical area of energy efficiency in housing. The fact that the government is now considering cutting even more home efficiency measures shows that they haven’t grasped the harsh reality that so many people now face. Moreover, Wychavon is hugely behind tackling the insulation of older homes, with only 43% of homes insulated and only 9% of homes that are solid wall have been improved. These are the houses that leak heat the most and are generally homes owned and rented by lower income households. The Conservative government and Conservative leadership of Wychavon District Council have repeatedly failed to get to grips with this issue and seem determined to leave people in the cold. Just last week the leader of Wychavon Council said it was better to wait for the market to fix the problem.”


Notes to the Editors

The Conservative Government scrapped the Zero Carbon Homes standard in 2016. A report from the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit estimated that those with zero carbon standards would be saving £200 a year on energy bills - here

Data on new builds taken from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities here and a dashboard is here.

Data on insulation and eco-heating systems from: https://takeclimateaction.uk/near-you/wychavon



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