Thirty per cent of homes in Wales are fuel poor – with the country home to some of the oldest and least thermally efficient building stock in Europe.
The Welsh Government has a statutory duty to eradicate fuel poverty in all households in Wales by 2018 and has now published its energy strategy, outlining what it plans to do about the issue.
Its priority is to improve the energy efficiency of buildings across the country, in particular low income households – defining those in fuel poverty as those who spend more than 10% of their income on energy for their homes.
It is estimated that 386,000 households in Wales are fuel poor, with a high number of solid wall, hard to treat and off-gas properties.
The Welsh Government is now looking at ways to improve and update the data on the building stock in Wales.
It the document the Government states that the Private Rented Sector must take action to meet the minimum energy performance obligations – a minimum E rating by April 2018 for new lets and April 2020 for existing lets.
It says: “Investing in their properties will benefit landlords as they will own more energy efficient properties that are warmer and more attractive to tenants.”
Some grants may be available to fund energy efficiency improvements. For more information visit the Welsh Government website or click here.
To view the full energy strategy document click here.