Council tax cut for energy efficient homes

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Households could save at least £100 a year by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, under Lib Dem manifesto plans announced today.

The Liberal Democrats would reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes by giving them a council tax discount and slashing their energy bills – a double bill cut.

Household energy use has fallen by an average of 2.5% per annum over recent years, but we need to go further and faster.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said:

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party offering a long-term double bill cut - lower energy bills, lower council tax bills.

“We believe the best way to cut household energy bills is to cut them permanently and that means cutting energy waste in the home. A ten year council tax cut will make action to end your home’s energy waste a no brainer.

"And to meet our legal climate change obligations, the cheapest way is to make rapid progress in cutting our emissions by saving the energy we now waste.

“In government, Liberal Democrats have already helped many people to save energy and keep their bills down, and we are on track to meet our target of improving the energy efficiency of one million homes but this major new tax incentive for energy efficiency would mean we could go much further in the next parliament.

“We cannot build a stronger economy without creating a greener, more sustainable economy too.”