ECO responsible for most British home energy-saving measures, figures show
More than 98% of the energy-saving measures installed in British homes by government policies since January have been via the energy companies obligations (ECO) scheme threatened by David Cameron, statistics published on Tuesday show, reports the Guardian.
The scale of measures installed under ECO far outweighs the green deal scheme, originally intended to retrofit 14m of the UK’s old and leaky homes by 2020, which has completed just 219 households.
The new green deal and ECO statistics showed that more than 310,000 measures have been installed in 273,000 homes since the start of the schemes in January, mostly loft and cavity wall insulation and boiler replacements. Another 7,000 measures – virtually all boiler replacements – benefited from a cashback scheme originally intended to kickstart the green deal. Just 211 “live” green deals – 0.07% of the total measures – have been completed, with about 1,000 still in progress.