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The Six Steps to Creating a More Energy Efficient Society

Em Morley - June 5, 2017

With Thursday’s (8th June) General Election just around the corner and the Brexit process looming, leading energy performance measurement specialist Elmhurst Energy has renewed its manifesto for a more energy efficient society and the six simple steps we can take to move closer to this goal.

The Six Steps to Creating a More Energy Efficient Society

The Six Steps to Creating a More Energy Efficient Society

The Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy, Martyn Reed, says: “It’s important that climate change and the need to reduce our carbon footprint remains a priority and it is well recognised that we need to reduce our carbon emissions, of which buildings contribute around 30%.

“Undertaking energy efficiency measures can provide a great return on investment, and save families and business money, whilst also reducing carbon emissions for the country as a whole. At Elmhurst Energy, we have written a manifesto to present to Government, outlining six simple steps to help create an energy efficient society.”

The manifesto is as follows:

  1. Support the energy efficiency sector by committing to maintain all EU climate change legislation post-Brexit.
  1. We need to create a clear Government strategy that reduces carbon emissions by reducing demand as well as decarbonising energy generation.
  1. We need to ensure an appropriate focus on energy efficiency initiatives that benefit the fuel poor, those families on low incomes and live in the least efficient homes.
  1. The validity period for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) should be reduced to three years so the information is meaningful and up to date.
  1. Have EPCs at the core of all future energy initiatives to allow successes to be measured and compared.
  1. Extend the role of energy assessors to include best practice advice to families on how to reduce fuel bills and make their homes warmer.

Reed adds: “Supporting these steps will provide a route to achieving change and a more energy efficient society. We must not allow energy issues to be ignored in what is a time of change in the United Kingdom. We will continue to work towards a better future where people are removed from fuel poverty.”

Landlords, remember that new energy efficiency laws will come into place from 1st April 2018, requiring all new tenancies on private rental properties to have an EPC rating of E or above.