The LGA is worried that companies are finding it too easy to meet their commitments under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target through measures such as delivering energy saving light bulbs to customers.
It wants the government to toughen these targets so that energy companies have to insulate more people’s lofts and walls.
Town halls say this could help 1.4 million householders save £220 a year each, far higher than the £3 saving delivered by energy saving light bulbs.
Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Environment Board, Cllr Paul Bettison said:
“The failure of energy companies to really help householders cut their fuel bills is an outrage. Energy suppliers should be filling our lofts and walls with insulation, not filling our cupboards with light bulbs.
“The old fashioned light bulb is being phased out anyway, so more and more people are buying energy saving bulbs for themselves. Home insulation is a much more effective way to cut people’s fuel bills and carbon emissions than sending out a light bulb, which only lasts around seven years. Home insulation brings savings for decades.
“Tougher targets for energy companies so they have to insulate more homes would help thousands of people move out of fuel poverty. The vulnerable and elderly could afford to keep their homes warm, instead of living in houses that are cold, damp and damaging to their health.
“What’s more, consumers are already paying for this scheme through a supplement on their energy bills. Suppliers have a duty to do what’s best for people and the environment, not what’s cheapest and most convenient for them. Insulating more homes would help create 4,000 jobs and save consumers over £300 million a year. When we’re in a recession, it’s simply irresponsible for energy companies to be taking the easy option.”