Energy saving is not only good for our pockets – it’s the cheapest and most effective way to tackle climate change.
How to do this? The first step is to shift to behaviours that don’t need as much energy – for example, swapping business flights for teleconferencing, or building homes near good public transport.
It’s equally important that the energy we do need is used as efficiently as possible. Every unit of energy saved makes it easier to get off fossil fuels and on to renewable energy.
Proper insulation can reduce the average household energy bill by 25%. Inside the home, efficient appliances can also significantly reduce energy use – and bills.
Everyone has the right to keep warm
The UK has the second worst insulated homes in Europe. As a result millions of UK households live in fuel poverty, which means they can’t afford to heat their homes properly.
This is a scandal. Being warm is a basic human right.
Making homes more energy efficient would reduce fuel bills for everyone and mean that the millions currently in fuel poverty could afford to keep warm.
Energy-efficient homes are not only good for the planet, but good for people too.
Campaigning for warmer homes
Friends of the Earth led the campaign for the Warm Homes Act, which put a duty on government to end fuel poverty in the UK by 2016. But the UK is so scandalously far from reaching this target that the Government quietly removed this duty in the Energy Bill 2013.
Our campaigning priority on energy saving is a commitment from Government to massive investment in insulating Britain’s homes.
To help bring this about we are with Energy Bill Revolution – a coalition of children's and older people's charities, health and disability groups, trade unions, businesses and politicians from all parties.