Energy bills are going up. But the government says green
policies will leave consumers better off in the long run. Much of
this relies on the assumption that people will upgrade household
goods like TVs and washing machines for more efficient models, so
we asked the government to share how it worked the savings out.
Savings from green policies
The government released its new calculations a few weeks ago. It
estimates that by 2020, green policies will have put energy
bills up £280,
but will have brought them down by £450. Although bills
will still go up, it promises that the policies will leave people
£166 better off than if no measures were introduced. But the
government's assumptions haven't impressed everyone.
Telegraph article lambasted the Department of Energy
and Climate Change (DECC) for assuming hard-pressed families can
"shell out" for new appliances when money all over the country is
distinctly tight. It says "...millions of households, especially
older people, will not necessarily be replacing their appliances
within the next seven years."