Homeowners and landlords could see home energy efficiency improvements worth up to £6,500 if the Conservative Party is elected into government in the 2010 general election.

The party announced on December 16th that grants would be offered to homes in a bid to make properties more energy efficient.

Director of the National Home Improvement Council Andrew Leech said that the scheme is worthwhile, as it will make property owners consider environmental impacts.

Grants would first be piloted by 14 local councils and could offer households £6,500 worth of home improvements.

Money would then be repaid by the reduction in energy bills as a result of the changes.

Director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders Brian Berry said the proposals are a "welcome boost".

But he added that a total of £15,000 would be a more realistic amount to be spent transforming property.

Shadow energy and climate change secretary Greg Clark said the so-called Green Deal would benefit millions of Britons.

"Energy efficiency is a triple win for the whole country …it saves money, it saves energy, and it saves our environment,"he said.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19519202-ADNFCR

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