Kensa calls for action to protect vulnerable residents

Tamsin Lishman, CEO of The Kensa Group

After EDF almost doubled the price of its nighttime rate, Tamsin Lishman, CEO of The Kensa Group, has said more must be done to protect vulnerable residents by upgrading homes using storage heaters to more sustainable systems.

“I was concerned to read about the changes to EDF’s Economy 7 tariff and the knock-on effect of how many would now struggle to heat their homes. It’s a desperately sad story we’ve heard again and again over the last couple of years. Economy 7 tariff customers, who relied on paying much cheaper nighttime rates to heat their homes, have been hit by the double whammy of the 5% rise to the Ofgem price cap and EDF pushing through a 91% increase in its E7 nighttime rate. Many of those who’ll be hit by these charges are stuck with inefficient storage heaters as their main source of warmth, and rarely by choice.

“It’s time to mention networked ground source heat pumps as a solution to our heating needs, especially for complex homes, such as high-rise social housing blocks or terrace streets.

“We are about to embark upon the biggest transformation in home heating since the conversion to natural gas 50 years ago, and it’s critical the poorest in our society are not left behind.

“The introduction of an effective Future Homes Standard next year, along with a beefed up Boiler Upgrade Scheme and Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, are needed to pave the way for positive changes to home heating.”

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