Energy campaigners: Home insulation figures could drop to 10 year low

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Changes in government policies has led to a drastic fall in measures taken to improve energy efficiency in the home a campaign group has claimed.

Research from the Association for the Conservation of Energy on behalf of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign has shown the level of new measures such as home insulation have fell almost 60%: standing at 661,000 for 2013/2014 compared to the peak of 1.65 million in 2012/2013.

Energy Bill Revolution director, Ed Matthew, said: "The government's energy efficiency policies are in free fall.

"As a result, fuel poverty is getting worse and people are dying. The government must make home energy efficiency an infrastructure investment priority to put the funding in place to end this scandal once and for all."

The uptake of new energy efficiency measures is set to fall almost another quarter (23%) this year according to the research commissioned by the Energy Bill Revolution Campaign.

Installation rates would consequently fall to the lowest rate for more than a decade according to the Association for the Conservation of Energy.

Fingers have been pointed by the campaigners at the axing of the previous Warm Front scheme, a scheme designed to aid poor households with energy improvements. The schemes in its place not being up to scratch according to the group.

The Government's two main existing schemes designed to help improve energy efficiency in UK homes, the Green Deal and the energy company obligation (ECO), both came under strong criticism from the Energy Bill Revolution campaign: The former labelled a failure and the later poorly designed.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change has hit back at the claims however, suggesting new incentives were added to the Green Deal Home Improvement fund earlier in the year.

She said: "694,000 homes are now warmer and cheaper to run thanks to energy-saving measures installed under the Green Deal with ECO.

"But we're not stopping there. We are increasing the scale of support through ECO, extending the scheme through to 2017. And our new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, offering money back for making energy efficient home improvements, has already seen £16.5m issued in the first three weeks."

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