Press Release:
Strong ECO scheme must be retained

Release Date 15 November 2013

A report published this week by the National Audit Office has predicted that consumers will face 20 years of price increases in household utility bills to pay for new infrastructure. This is likely to hit those households with low incomes the hardest. Therefore, as the debate continues around rising energy prices and so called green taxes the National Insulation Association (NIA) is calling on Government to retain a strong Energy Company Obligation (ECO) as it is vital to providing long terms savings on energy bills and the benefits far exceed the associated costs.

The report adds that Government departments should consider the implications for consumer bills and their overall affordability before making policy commitments. The cost on domestic energy bills of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which provides free and subsidised energy efficiency measures, is £47 a year.

However, the NIA commented: "The savings available to householders through installing energy efficiency measures can far outweigh this cost with cavity wall and loft insulation saving around £320* per year and solid wall and loft Insulation around £670* per year according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA said: "The ECO is the only Government policy specifically designed to reduce energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock and therefore it is vital that it is retained and not rolled back or cut as part of the Governments review of green levies - if anything it should be strengthened!

"He went on to say that In addition to reducing energy bills and tackling the cost of living, there are other benefits to be derived from the scheme including; tackling climate change, reducing cold related excess winter deaths, security of energy supply and job creation. It is vital that rather than simply talking about the costs of green schemes, the public are made fully aware of the savings and benefits the ECO can provide."

For more information contact Duncan Murray at the NIA press office on 01327 227 010 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk

* Based on a typical three-bedroom semi-detached gas heated house installing cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, savings when you insulate an uninsulated loft. Solid wall insulation saving is the average saving between internal and external solid wall insulation. Both with an 80% efficient gas boiler and average gas tariff of 4.64p/kWh and electricity tariff of 15.32p/kWh; correct as of December 2012 and valid for 2013. Figures from the EST.

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