Britain’s least energy efficient homes are located in St Ives, research suggests
The UK’s worst performing homes in terms of energy efficiency are located in St Ives, with 50.4% of houses being rated E,F or G for energy efficiency and on average forcing owners or tenants to pay significantly more in their energy bills, recent research has been able to reveal.
The research, which compares 16 European nations, ranks the UK 14th on fuel poverty, with a higher proportion of people who are struggling to pay their energy bills than any other European country assessed except Slovenia and Ireland.
The UK also ranks 12th based on households reporting that their home is in a poor state of repair and comes last based on the proportion of households that say they are unable to afford to adequately heat their homes.
Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives said: “This new research shows how my constituents in St Ives and in many parts of rural Britain are suffering due to poorly insulated homes. There now is a compelling case to make energy efficiency an infrastructure investment priority.
“The Government has plans to spend tens of billions of pounds on capital infrastructure projects over the next five years. Allocating funding to an energy efficiency programme could deliver a high level of economic benefit, boosting energy security and economic productivity. At the same time, such a programme would be a highly cost-effective way to reduce the fuel bills of the most vulnerable and to save lives.”
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