“I have recently come to an extraordinary personal realisation.”
There is very little need to have heating bills at all.
Since refurbishing my home in July, I have, to my surprise, been able to more or less rely on my solar heating panels for hot water and a wood burning stove, occasionally for my space heating and my home is comfortable, warm and dry.
Now my home faces south , and I have triple glazed windows, loads of insulation under my floors and in my roof, cavity wall insulation and low energy lighting. I know not every home in the UK can do this, but I’ve cut my energy use by 60 -70%, which is the sort of ambition needed on a national scale, if the United Kingdom is to meet its emission cuts set in its climate change obligations.
It is in the interests of the handful of the main six dominant energy suppliers and their shareholders not dramatically transforming our energy infrastructure, whether in the supply or demand side.
An increase in the energy efficiency of homes and buildings will undermine energy companies future profit. Only when the government confronts this conflict of interest in maintaining the current system, will our energy system change.
A typical policy argument is that an energy company has to change from selling power units for providing extra services. In this way, it is said, the laws they make from reduced power sales can be made up through new profits or new services, but, thinking of my new, efficient home, this simply cannot be the case.
I paid for my energy efficiency measures upfront, and I don’t need extra services and my energy bills are now small.
Seeing from this perspective of an energy supplier which makes most of its profits from supplying energy, installing the equivalent energy efficiency measures I now have, will effectively reduce the profitability of a customer.
Stuart Lovatt from Heat my Home says “No one is saying that transforming how we use and generate electricity will be easy, as we move towards a lower carbon future, but government policy ignores the reality of economic interests, thereby tacitly accepting that energy companies will not try hard to reduce everyone’s energy consumption levels.”
This means our government, which continues to, hoping against hope that it doesn’t have to make any difficult decisions which upset us the public, or them the big six energy companies.
"Feel the pride."
Stuart Lovatt on
Founder of Heat My Home.