The government's flagship Green Deal policy should help transform the country's housing stock and enable more people to get cheap gas and electricity.
This is according to energy minister Greg Barker, who said in a speech at the EcoBuild conference in London that "in a world of increasing energy prices, market volatility and rising energy imports, energy efficiency has never been more important".
He explained the Green Deal initiative will be unlike previous schemes such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and should create a range of new opportunities for the energy industry.
Improving the UK's homes will be vital, Mr Barker continued, as the nation has some of the worst-performing houses in Europe - with 43 per cent of the country's total carbon emissions in 2009 coming from its building stock.
However, it was recently noted by Gordon Miller, co-founder of Sustain Worldwide, that the government may have a difficult job convincing the public of the benefits of the programme, as many individuals do not view eco-friendliness as a top priority.
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