Energy efficiency measures reach one million homes – months ahead of the March 2015 target


Over 1 million homes received energy efficiency measures by the end of November 2014 through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal schemes according to DECC.

This is a significant step for the Government towards reducing carbon emissions with the schemes delivering energy efficient boilers, windows and insulation to the homes.

A substantial part of work under ECO helped people with chilly, damp homes at risk of fuel poverty and also had an impact in rural areas where leaky properties can cost over the odds to heat.

On top of extending ECO to 2017, the 1 million milestone comes a month after the government allocated £24 million to help over 5,000 homes receive up to £4000 back for installing solid wall insulation, through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Up to a further £6 million is still up for grabs – homeowners can apply for up to £1600 if they install two measures from a list of home improvements under the fund.

This £30 million fund is part of an additional £100 million pot announced in October 2014, with the next release expected in February 2015. This is all on top of the £450 million already set aside for household energy efficiency over 2014-7.

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