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.