The governments most recent plans to reduce energy have been revealed today - to pay companies money if they lower their energy usage. But how fair is this to those that are already putting in the hard work, or those that have made changes to their homes or their lives already in order to save electricity?
As always, the latest headlines are surrounding the energy industry, and every article about it includes the words ‘government’
The government is now considering paying firms for each kilowatt-hour saved through using energy saving equipment such as low-energy light bulbs, along with offering financial incentives to purchase energy reducing equipment. But this is not directly helping homeowners, with reports last week estimated that energy saving budgets for the poorest households will be halved, helping the poorest communities by giving some money back would surely be the best idea rather than throwing it at companies that should already be going green. The money spent now, investing in energy saving equipment and plans, will show some rewards in the next 20 years, however right now spending more money is just not an option for some.
Not everybody disagrees with the new plan: ‘I personally think it is a good idea, as it will encourage huge companies that waste ridiculous amounts of electricity, by leaving lights, computers and everything electric on overnight in their offices, to switch their lights off and save, which in the long run will benefit all of us’ says Alex Tsimboykas, Sales Director at EUM Consultants. Ministers have said that just a 10% reduction in electricity demand could produce savings of around £4 billion by 2030. This will surely be worthwhile making these expenditures now? Mark McAlear from EUM Consultants disagrees, ‘I work in the energy reduction industry, and I am well aware of the importance of saving electricity, at EUM Consultants we actually are able to help homeowners save money, without costing them a penny, this new plan will be funded by households taxes, if companies just ‘go green’ without being rewarded by cash incentives, then maybe the figure of £4 billion by 2030 could double’.
With more energy reducing plans to take effect as of next year, homeowners are looking to have their energy bills rise by another £100 a year by 2020, which is more money being spent and less money coming in. ‘It simply is not fair that bills are getting higher, household taxes are being spent as an incentive to firms instead, everyone is being told to go green, yet they are seeing no positive reason to do so as money is being ripped away from them by the second for everyone else’s benefit’ Says Mark McAlear from EUM Consultants.
EUM Consultants clearly have divided opinions about the government’s plans, and so do the rest of the country, but where do you stand?