Greener Homes & Efficiency

HHUK is fully committed to greater energy efficiency and greener homes. We are ready to work together with local authorities, RSLs and our landlords as well as developing our own initiatives in line with the latest government strategy announced in March 2010 and outlined below.

“New green strategy will overhaul Britain's homes”

“More than a quarter of carbon emissions come from our homes, so it is vital people are able to make the improvements that will lead to smarter use of energy. It also puts social housing centre stage of efforts to reduce bills and carbon emissions to help the poorest first, with council and housing association landlords linking up with energy companies to get efficiency work done, and tenants getting the benefits of warmer, greener homes with lower bills.”

A green transformation of Britain's homes will take place over the next decade - making them more comfortable, warmer and cheaper to run - under new plans set out by the Government March 2010.

  • Paving the way for 'pay as you save' green finance to make energy efficiency pay from day one
  • Up to 7 million British households to benefit from eco upgrades by 2020
  • Up to 65,000 jobs in the green home industry
  • Energy companies and local authorities to join forces to help consumers
  • New standards for social and rented accommodation to be proposed

With around one quarter of UK emissions coming from energy used in homes the Warm Homes, Greener Homes Strategy is aimed at cutting emissions from the UK's homes by 29 per cent by 2020.

HHUK is fully committed to greater energy efficiency and greener homes. 

The new strategy will help people make smarter use of energy in homes, making it easier to take action and reduce bills. Installing some technologies, such as solid wall insulation, could see energy bills cut by £380 a year (average between 2013 and 2020).

The new strategy will also be good for jobs, with up to 65,000 jobs required in the green homes industry as a result, for example installing and manufacturing energy saving measures or providing home energy advice.

The strategy will be implemented in a three stage plan:

  • To insulate 6 million homes by the end of 2011
  • To have insulated all practical lofts and cavity walls by 2015
  • To have offered up to 7 million eco upgrades by 2020; all homes to have smart meters.

"There's a driving force behind the green homes movement with homeowners, developers and local authorities lining up to get on board. There is a lot of momentum to change and radically re-think how we track our energy use and refurbish our homes and buildings for the future. People in their own homes will get help with costs, and there will be help for private landlords and tenants, but we're also ready to regulate in the future if landlords will not do the green refurbishment needed."

The new strategy will help people make smarter use of energy in homes, making it easier to take action and reduce bills.