A SHOCKING number of homes across the city are poor at retaining heat, raising fears of energy shortages as winter looms.
About 66 per cent of homes in Brighton and Hove were rated ‘D’ as of March last year, meaning they are likely to be harder hit by the energy crisis.
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition (EFPC) is calling for urgent action because 22,000 homes in the city lacked attic insulation and a staggering 28,000 lacked cavity wall insulation.
The campaign group said Liz Truss’ energy bill price cap of £2,500 a year would be an “expensive band aid” if not accompanied by longer-term energy efficiency investments.
Energy performance certificates show how effective a home is at retaining heat – with ratings ranging from A (most efficient) to G – the least, meaning residents have to spend more on energy bills to keep their homes warm.
And with most homes in Brighton and Hove performing poorly, the city is in for a harsh winter.
Around 6.9 million households in the UK will suffer from fuel poverty this winter, the EFPC predicts.
Of these, 5.3 million are in England alone.
Adam Scorer, chief executive of charity National Energy Action, called the announcement of the law cap “good news” but warned that more needs to be done for those most in need.
“The new government must not forget that the most vulnerable need targeted support,” he said.
“Those who use more energy in their homes due to illness, the elderly and those on very low incomes need extra help so they don’t have to ration their consumption and put their physical and mental health at risk.”
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the plan “didn’t come cheap” and criticized Ms Truss for funding it through increased government borrowing rather than a one-off tax on energy companies.
Although Liz Truss said it was a “moment to be brave.”
“We are facing a global energy crisis and there are no free options,” she said.
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will give more details in an announcement later this month.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21272643.brighton-hove-homes-given-poor-energy-efficiency-ratings/?ref=rss Homes in Brighton and Hove get poor energy efficiency ratings