Laura Sharman 06 February 2015

Councils struggling to tackle leaky homes finds study

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Councils are struggling to identify inefficient homes due to a lack of accurate data, a new study has found.

The research by Energy Saving Trust (EST) shows that many local authorities lack the necessary insight to develop energy efficiency strategies and bid for funding programmes.

The study revealed that council managers are also concerned about tackling fuel poverty in the private-rented and owner-occupied sector, and that opportunities for easy-to-treat energy efficiency measures are becoming increasingly limited.

David Weatherall, policy adviser at EST, said: ‘Millions of households have installed straightforward energy efficiency measures and it has become difficult and expensive to find homes that haven’t been addressed.

‘Meaningful data and insight can remove barriers to finding the homes and communities that we should target with energy efficiency programmes. There is a real opportunity for councils to develop cost-effective strategies to improve homes locally.’

The EST is hosting a webinar on 16 February to examine how meaningful insight can lead to cost-effective targeting of energy inefficient homes. Click here to register.

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