Without doubt, the best way to get energy bills down is to improve the energy efficiency of our UK housing stock. This has three benefits 1. less energy used = smaller bills 2. less carbon used = less greenhouse gasses 3. Installation of .... = more employment. Surely they could have come up with somthing better than the sticky plaster of an energy price cap. There is nothing in that policy that delivers Conservative values.
But there is also an elephant in the room. It’s not a very attractive elephant from a political perspective, but it is impossible to ignore: it is the poor energy efficiency of the UK housing stock. The UK has the oldest building stock in Europe, and according to Eurostat data, one of the least energy efficient. There are 19 million homes in the UK with poor levels of energy efficiency – with a grade worse than a C on their energy performance certificate. The properties rated F and G, the lowest on the scale, are in fact so energy inefficient that they can kill due to the excess cold hazard they pose.