Some constituents have contacted me about energy efficiency and insulation.

All households should be able to invest in energy efficiency improvements, so I am pleased that there is a range of programmes designed to support different houses and locations.

Households struggling with their bills are eligible for insulation measures, including solid wall insulation, through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. Homeowners and those in privately rented homes who are on specific benefits may also be eligible for support towards heating improvements, including oil-fired boiler replacements, through ECO Affordable Warmth.

The Government has made a commitment to insulate 1 million more homes this Parliament, with 276,000 homes insulated already since May 2015. In last year's Spending Review, the Government announced a new energy efficiency supplier obligation that will be more focused on those that need help the most. This will replace ECO in 2017, and run for five years. These proposal will increase support for low income and vulnerable households from £310 million to £450 million in 2017, with an intention to increase this to £640 million each year from 2018 to 2022.

There are also regulations to be introduced for minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector, which will come into force from April 2018. In addition, the rolling out of the smart meter scheme will help consumers understand and take control of their energy use.

Different energy suppliers may have different funding offers through their installers, so it is important to shop around for the best quote. Ofgem, which administers ECO, provides further information about the scheme for consumers on its website, including contact details for the energy suppliers.

The Government-funded Energy Saving Advice Service can provide independent advice on the full range of energy efficiency support. The number to call is 0300 123 1234.


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