BUDGET 2008: Green homes

There was definitely a green tinge to this year’s budget. In his speech, Alistair Darling used the word ‘carbon’ 26 times – only one mention less than the word ‘tax’!

Gas-guzzling cars and plastic bags were targeted, but so too were our homes.  According to the Government, Households account for around a quarter of the UK’s energy consumption and 14% of carbon dioxide emissions.

It wants to encourage homeowners to make their homes more energy-efficient and one way it hopes to do this is through the new Green Homes Service.  Launched on 1 April, this service will help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes, chose lower emissions transport, reduce waste and conserve water.

Details of the service can be found at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.  Also, see L&C’s top 10 tips for a greener home.

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