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FPAG: 'Get homes to Band C by 2025'

The government should conduct a complete overhaul of its energy efficiency strategy, according to non-departmental public organisation the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group.

Derek Lickorish, the body's head, told the Guardian he saw some areas of current policy as being "manifestly inadequate" and he was "waiting with baited breath" to see what move ministers were planning to make next to tackle the issue.

One of FPAG's own recommendations is to set a target of ensuring all domestic properties in the UK carry an Energy Performance Certificate of Band C or above by 2025. This represents an ambitious aim for the government to achieve, with 1.56 million fuel poor dwellings presently rated E, F or G.

Mr Lickorish said: "Anything less than Band C means we'll never get anywhere," adding that there was "huge potential" to get creative with how the UK can look to reduce its energy consumption.

Solid wall insulation can be an effective way to reduce heating bills and financial support to have this measure fitted is available via the government's Green Deal.

Posted by Simon Webster