Wales To Spend £104 Million To Improve Energy Efficiency

The Welsh Government has given £104 million to an energy efficiency programme.

The Welsh Government will invest £104 million over the next four years in order to increase the energy efficiency of up to around 25,000 low income households across the country.

Provided by the Warm Homes Programme, the Welsh Government aims to provide the funding necessary to make home energy improvements for those living in low income households and deprived communities in Wales.

In addition, the programme will receive £24 million of European funding toward to programme.

At the end of last year, Glasgow similarly gave £5 million for an energy efficiency programme.

Lesley Griffiths AM, cabinet secretary for environmental and rural affairs, Labour, said: “During the winter months how to keep warm while also meeting high energy bills is a very real concern for many low income households across Wales. I am therefore delighted we are committing £104 million to our Warm Homes Programme over the next four years.

The Warm Homes Programme aims to make improvements to homes, such as boiler and heating upgrades and applying loft insulation, to increase energy efficiency, reduce household bills and in turn reduce energy use and climate change.

There is also an emphasis on using the local supply chain to make these changes, creating jobs, developing skills and boosting the local economy.”

It has recently been reported that energy efficiency is crucial to matching the targets set in the Paris agreement, so it appears the Welsh Government are keen to help reach those targets by donating the £104 million to improve home energy efficiency.

Mr and Mrs Foley, a couple from Trowbridge spoke highly of a previous energy efficiency funding scheme they benefitted from.

“Not only does our home look lovely, but we have made over £200 worth of energy savings in just 6 months! The energy advice we have been given has been so helpful. Simple tips for everyday life. We are so grateful for the scheme,” they said.

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