MP applauds efforts to help homeowners get more energy efficient

(24th November 2009)

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, recently toured the factory floor of Anglian Home Improvements, a major employer in the Norwich Airport industrial estate, and applauded the innovation shown by the business to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

Miss Smith saw Anglian Home Improvements’ glass shop to understand more about the manufacturing techniques that create B-rated, thermally efficient windows, which are produced as standard across all Anglian Home Improvement products. Anglian Home Improvements is also offering its own £2,000 windows scrappage scheme to kickstart UK households into replacing old windows with energy efficient versions, in order to help reach the Government’s CO2 reduction target.

She commented, “It’s good to see a prominent local business leading the way in trying to help homes locally and across the UK become more energy efficient. Personally, I am keen to find ways to improve my own energy use - I have signed up, for example, to the 10:10 campaign - and I know many others are looking for the same.”

“I fully welcome the Green Deal proposed by my colleague Greg Clark MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who has pledged that all households should be eligible to receive up to £6,500 of cost-effective energy efficiency measures. I believe that local businesses, as well as energy suppliers, social enterprises and local authorities should be allowed to provide energy efficiency improvements to people’s homes.”
Chloe Smith met Peter Mottershead, Group Chief Executive of Anglian Home Improvements, who also pressed the need for a reduction in VAT from 15% to 5% for professionally installed energy efficient window products.
Mr Mottershead said, “It seems unfair for homeowners to receive a reduced VAT rate of 5% on roof insulation and yet when it comes to windows, the consumer has to pay the full VAT rate which will increase to 17.5% in January. We would like the government to reduce VAT on professionally installed energy efficient windows to increase the likelihood of UK homeowners living in more energy efficient homes.”


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Chloe on 07540 703309 or [email protected]

For more information about Anglian Home Improvements, contact Peter Mottershead on 01603 775911 or visit
For more information about windows scrappage schemes, see the Glass and Glazing Federation’s e-petition at
For more information on the 10:10 campaign, see

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