SEA study claims UK could be £12bn better off with greener homes

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A switch in policies to concentrate on making houses greener could result in savings of over £12 billion in the UK, according to the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA).

By 2050, the UK needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. Currently, proposed models aim to complete this through a range of  energy technologies and developments. However, the SEA believes there are far better ways in which to reach this target.

This week the SEA delivered their election manifesto. This outlined better insulated homes and buildings, alongside  the availability of more information on the production of cleaner energy, would not only cost less than the current proposed models, but would cut domestic home owners bills and lower carbon emissions.

SEA chief executive, Dave Sowden, said: "We have known for a long time that energy measures in buildings are cheaper in the long-run. Now the Government's own tools and assumptions yield the same answer. There is a compelling case here to create a much stronger focus in energy policies on buildings.

"This will reduce waste, enhance energy security, reduce imported fossil fuels, lower people's fuel bills and make a huge contribution to the UK economy. It is win/win all round."

The SEA's report suggests each home owner could make annual savings of up to £189 with the proposed changes. These predictions are based on the Government's energy calculator.

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