How energy efficient is your home? The way to find out is to check your ‘standard assessment procedure’ score…or SAP. It is a score out of one hundred, and over time, this is an acronym that could become as important as APR and IQ.
Through the initiative of Consumer Focus’ Chair, Lord Whitty, we have introduced an amendment that we are now lobbying for on the current Energy Bill. We suggest that fuel poor consumers should be charged the lowest available tariffs until their homes have been brought up to a minimum SAP rating of 81. This SAP rating would on average cut demand for heat by half, lifting the majority of households out of fuel poverty.
Where are we now? The average home in fuel poverty in the UK has a SAP rating of 33. Despite the social, environmental and economic case for it, the UK still has a long way to go to get serious on energy efficiency.