Half of South Tyne homes are not 'energy efficient'
More than half of all homes in South Tyneside have poor energy efficiency ratings, new figures show.
Despite Government plans to freeze energy bills at no more than £2,500 a year as part of a package of support aimed at tackling the cost-of-living crisis, campaign groups say the new measures will an "expensive sticking plaster" if they are not accompanied by longer-term investment in energy efficiency and renewables.
Analysis of energy efficiency ratings by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows 57% of houses in South Tyneside had a ranking of "D" or below as of March 2021 – the latest figures – meaning they are likely to be worse impacted by the rising cost of fuel.
Energy Performance Certificates show how effective a home is at keeping heat in – with ratings from A (the most efficient) to G – the least, meaning residents have to spend more on energy bills to keep their homes warm.
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition estimates that 6.9 million households across the UK will suffer fuel poverty this winter, even after the new price guarantee.
The latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy estimate there were around 3.2 million households in fuel poverty in 2020 – including 10,316 in South Tyneside.
Separate figures from charity Friends of the Earth show, as of August, 15% of homes in South Tyneside did not have their lofts insulated, and 18% were without cavity wall insulation – equivalent to 10,600 and 13,000 homes respectively.
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng is set to provide more details in an announcement later this month.