GREEN ENERGY AND WHAT IT IS REALLY GOING TO COST YOU – According to figures just how it is expected that the average household is going to be forking out an extra £300 a year in ‘green energy tax’ by 2020; however Government Minister still insist that we will be better off due to the energy saving initiatives.
See below for a VIDEO on how to reduce your energy consumption.
There is no denying that electrical appliance manufacturers are developing and producing more energy efficient models that will help us to reduce our overall energy consumption and therefore costs. However, as ‘green taxes’ grow these savings will be wiped out, leaving consumers out of pocket.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change the average household currently pays £112.00 per year in ‘green taxes’ but by 2020 this figure is expected to rise by a staggering 150% to £286.00 per year, however this cost could be offset by changing old appliances for new energy efficient models and ensuring that the home is better insulated.
“DECC is clearly embarrassed by the terrifying costs of its ever-growing range of green policies, and is covering up with a whitewash of wildly optimistic assumptions about energy efficiency.” John Constable, of the charity Renewable Energy Foundation
There are many measures the average household can undertake in order to reduce their energy consumption; there are a number of ideas you can follow on Hometipster.com that show you how to properly insulate your home.
According to the Renewable Energy Foundation their figures show it is unlikely that changing household appliances simply will not deliver the energy cost savings the Government predicts; and that is on the assumption that cash-strapped families could even afford to switch to more energy efficient models.
As we constantly hear of energy companies, such as Centrica, who operate British Gas, increasing our energy bills most homeowners are fighting a losing battle and the ‘green tax’ simply adds to their financial woes.
While most people can appreciate renewable energy sources these are often proving costly to the consumer.
There are a number of government schemes that help poorer families cope with the cost of making their homes more energy efficient, details which can be found on the government green deal website.
There is no doubt that we have to become more energy efficient, considering the natural recourses available to us and the rising costs. With the Government’s insistence of the ‘green tax’ it might be a solution to pass into law that all new homes should be built to include solar panels and while most new homes are built to include energy efficiency, maybe it is time to look at increasing the level of efficiency in all new homes that are built.
“The Government’s underhand attempt to mask the real impact of its policies on families’ energy bills is shameful.” Caroline Flint, Labour’s energy spokesman
Many ministers and energy organisations feel that the Government’s ‘green tax’ is nothing more than a stealth tax to extract more money from the taxpayer, and like road tax, is never really used for its intended purpose.
Currently the Government raises £2.5billion in ‘green tax’ every year and with its current plans this will rise to £5.6billion by 2017.
There is no doubt, with the increasing cost and burden to the taxpayer that now is the time to seriously consider how you use the energy in your home if you want a chance at reducing the overall energy costs.