British Gas increase hits Norwich
On Thursday, 18 August, increases in gas and electricity prices set by British Gas will come into effect.
Norwich South MP Simon Wright, who recently scrutinised government proposals to reduce household energy use as a member of the Energy Bill Committee, said:
"It's essential to continue improving the quality of the housing stock, particularly local authority housing. Some council homes will benefit from a recent agreement between British Gas and Norwich City Council to invest funds in better insulation and replacement boilers. However, the scale of the challenge of improving all homes in Norwich is enormous.
"From October 2012, local households will be able to benefit from the government's Green Deal which will allow for significant improvements to be made to households without an upfront charge. The new Energy Company Obligation to be introduced at the end of next year will also focus efforts on the most vulnerable and hard-to-treat properties. The best way to keep energy costs down and combat fuel poverty in Norfolk is to reduce the need for energy to keep our homes warm."
More info on the Energy Bill, the Energy Company Obligation and the Green Deal can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/green_deal.aspx