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Will the new government make home eco-refurb easy, affordable and attractive?

May was a tumultuous month in politics, as we have eagerly waited to see whether the new government would stick to their guns in relation to pre-election home energy refurb promises.

And the result? Well, as my colleague Ellie set out in her blog, not too bad taken in the round. We have the environmentally-conscious Lib Dem Chris Huhne leading the energy and climate change department which holds the reins on household energy policy. And to top that off, when the Queen set out what the government is going to focus on in the short term, home energy efficiency was front and centre in the Parliamentary calendar. There is still lots of work to be done to achieve that magic ‘ease, affordability and attraction’ for home eco-refurb but Government has committed to introduce various aspects into law at last which is great.

To fire things up a bit the Great British Refurb’s inimitable front man Kevin McCloud has asked the government’s new guy in charge to join him in a live debate on their plans, so fingers crossed they’ll take up the gauntlet.

What next for the campaign?

For us now the hard work will really start. The government has listened to what the Great British Refurb and others have been shouting about for a year in relation to helping people access cash to make energy improvements. But now the techy geeks in our team need to strip the law apart, rewrite it into something that does the job better and then we need to ensure government takes our bigger, bolder and more beautiful version into law.

That is code for the fact that we’ll be hoping we can count on your support in piling the pressure on government – don’t forget, what you hopefully get at the end of all this is a home which is more comfortable, cheaper to run, and which treads a little lighter on the planet. Worth the effort I think.

Another chance to win!

And just so you didn’t think we had lost our generous nature, we wanted to let you know that Solarcentury – with whom we teamed up for the Home of the Future competition, and one of our compatriots in the drive for low carbon housing – is once more offering you the chance to WIN over £12,000 worth of solar electricity panels. You can enter the competition at any time up to midnight on 21 June.

So, for now I’m off, but we’ll be in touch with our plans for the next year and plenty of ideas as to how you can get involved.

In the meantime, don’t forget that it you’re about to/midway through/just finished your own eco-refurb we’d love to hear about it – our latest willing supporter has told us of their recent travails here.

Cheers

Simon

Campaign Director
Great British Refurb