How the UK can cut carbon emissions and reduce household energy bills

(The Guardian, 13 Feb 2022) The country’s reliance on gas for heating, electricity generation and heavy industry comes at a heavy cost.

The UK’s reliance on gas to heat homes, generate electricity and fuel heavy industry has come at a steep cost, which is expected to keep on rising.

In recent weeks the financial hit to household incomes has reignited calls for the UK to move more urgently to break its dependence on fossil fuels in favour of homegrown low-carbon energy sources.

If UK homes were better insulated, warmed by low-carbon alternatives and powered by renewables then bill payers would be better off, according to experts.

The cost of supporting the UK’s green policies is falling fast too. Green levies, including support for social schemes, renewable subsidies and energy efficiency, tumbled from £186 on the average annual energy bill under the energy regulator’s summer 2021 cap on standard energy tariffs to £173 over the winter, according to analysis by industry journal Carbon Brief. Under the next energy price cap, which is set to surge to an average of almost £2,000 a year from April, policy costs will fall to £155, according to the analysis.

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The Guardian, 13 Feb 2022: How the UK can cut carbon emissions and reduce household energy bills