We are all fully aware of how energy bills are continuously increasing at the minute and that we need to change the way we live, incorporating green energy sources into our lives, but should we be paying for them in our energy bills?
I have just read about a “hidden tax” within our bills that is subsidising climate change policies. dailymail.co.uk and moneysavingexpert.co.uk has an article suggesting we are paying nearly £200 a year in stealth levies giving the government more spending power to build wind farms, solar panels and environmentally friendly heating schemes.
Campaigners are understandably fuming and are demanding power companies tell us how much we are paying for these climate change policies.
Dr Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation said “So called green stealth taxes are already adding 15 to 20 to the average domestic power bill and even more to business users.”
Dr Peiser claims that these green “stealth taxes” make up between £154 and £206 of our average energy bill per year. The average household spends £608 on gas and £424 on electricity each year, but that is substantially higher for large families.
This news comes just after another energy company has put up its prices! Scottish Power has increased its gas prices by 19 and electricity by 10, adding an estimated £200 onto our bills each year. The company claims it’s due to wholesale prices, but does the stealth taxes have something to do with it?
We all want greener living for a more stable planet to live on for years to come, but I think everyone is outraged by this discovery because there is no transparency in the bills. There has been no mention of this tax and it seems it has been a well kept secret, but there is no breakdown in our bills for us to willingly know. Maybe, this is something that should be put in place.
The government is legally bound by the Climate Change Act to cut Britain’s CO2 emissions by 34 by 2020, and this is one of the toughest demands in the world, but one we must stick to. However, I don’t think it is fair to hide taxes to help the government reach this goal. If this is the case, then they are going to have to be even more transparent!
Anglian Home Improvements raising the standard since 1966. Visit the Anglian website for information on our EcoGain windows.