British homes are among the most poorly insulated in Europe, leaving families exposed to skyrocketing heating bills this winter.
Research by climate management company Tado sampled more than 80,000 European homes and found that homes in the UK lose heat much faster than those in European countries.
In addition, a new study published on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics analyzing the energy efficiency of homes in England and Wales found significant disparities in the quality of home insulation between different parts of the UK. United.
Tado researchers found that a UK house with an indoor temperature of 20°C and an outdoor temperature of 0°C lost an average of 3°C after five hours.
Compared to properties in Germany, UK homes lose heat up to three times faster.
The quality of a home’s insulation will have a significant impact on the cost of heating a property in the UK this winter.
Energy prices rose on October 1 to nearly double from a year ago.
As part of the government’s energy price guarantee, the amount suppliers can charge per unit of energy used has been capped so that an average household’s bill does not exceed £2,500.
Families that use a lot of energy can pay a lot more.
According to the ONS analysis of local authority areas, median energy efficiency scores in England ranged from 77 for Tower Hamlets in London to 47 in the Isles of Scilly in the south west.
In Wales, median scores ranged from 68 for Newport, Monmouthshire, Torfaen and Cardiff to 58 for Gwynedd and Ceredigion.
Figures showed social housing was more likely to have a higher energy efficiency rating.
About 15% of local authorities had more than half of the dwellings in energy efficiency band C or above; two-thirds of these local authorities were in London or the South East.
In England, Tower Hamlets and City of London had the highest percentage of homes in energy efficiency band C or above (76% and 65%, respectively), while the Isles of Scilly and Pendle had the lowest percentage (14% and 22%, respectively).
In Wales, Monmouthshire had the highest percentage of housing in Band C or above (49%) and Gwynedd and Ceredigion had the lowest percentage (24% and 26%, respectively).
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In June, an independent advisory panel revealed a “shocking” gap in the government’s efforts to provide better insulation for homes.
The climate change committee said a “rapid and sustained effort to improve the energy efficiency of homes and switch to electric heating” such as heat pumps, was needed “to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels”. This, he said, would help people cope with high energy prices.
The average annual energy bill for UK households is around £40 more than it would be if insulation had continued at rates seen before policy support was removed in 2012
The report also found that UK homes are among the most heat permeable in Europe.
The committee called on the government to consider increased funding for energy efficiency in fuel-poor homes, along with a large-scale advertising campaign for its promised new energy advice service and policies to incentivize homeowners to improve their properties.