NEARLY 300,000 households in Birmingham could be paying hundreds more than they need to for their gas and electric bills due to living in energy inefficient homes.
The Labour Party has pledged to lead a national mission to upgrade the energy efficiency of every home that needs it over the next decade. This would mean every home that is currently rated below EPC Band C would be eligible for a combination of grants and loans to help improve insulation.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), which are required when selling or renting out a home, give each house or flat a score out of 100 based on data about the building's energy features, such as the building materials used, the heating systems and insulation. Those are then placed in bands from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
In Birmingham, 293,526 were potentially in Bands D to G at the end of March last year. The figures are based on Office for National Statistics analysis that showed 66% of local homes with an EPC were potentially in Band D or below.
The average estimated energy cost for a Band C property in England was £537 a year in 2020/21 (which means it doesn't include the recent price rises) - £287 less than the £824 those in Band D properties paid on average. Those in Band G properties were paying as much as £2,328 a year.
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Labour has also set out a 10-year national plan to insulate 19 million homes, cutting bills and delivering warmer homes for millions of pensioners and low income households. This scheme would cut energy bills for families, as well as making the standards. energy & Strategy
UK less dependent on Russian gas, whilst also supporting tens of thousands of jobs in the construction and insulation industries.
A Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy spokesman said: "We are investing over £6.6 billion to decarbonise homes and buildings and bringing in higher minimum performance standards to ensure all homes meet EPC band C by 2035.
"At the same time we recognise the pressures people are facing with the cost of living which is why we have set out a £22 billion package of support and the energy price cap continues to insulate millions of customers from volatile global gas prices."
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