Almost two thirds of UK homes have failed on energy efficiency targets, according to the data that has been analysed by experts at the BBC.
The energy efficiency of homes around the UK are judged on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) which are graded from A-G and more than 12 million houses fall below the C grade on energy performance.
The closer to A the more efficient the home, meaning it will most likely have lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Of course, a grade G is the worst a property can be and a grade C is considered the average.
Essentially, this means that a lot more CO2 is being pumped into the atmosphere by households across Britain than is necessary, and in order to stop it, the government has been told it needs to excel in the improvements of making homes more energy efficient.
While new builds are being erected efficiently, experts say retrofit measures are needed on existing UK homes because most of them were built before 1990. The government has a set target to upgrade as many current homes to grade C by 2035. However, critics have said efforts to make this happen have ceased.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it was investing £6 billion towards ensuring existing houses would be upgraded on the EPC scale while “also exploring how to halve the cost of retrofitting properties and investing over £320m into helping heat homes with lower carbon alternatives, such as heat networks and heat pumps.”
Source: BBC News