Powys homes are among the least energy efficient in the UK, according to a new study.

The research by Uswtich found that Powys was the equal eighth worst local authority area for energy efficiency, meaning the county has some of the highest heating bills in the UK.  

It makes grim reading for Wales as a whole as the ranking of 331 local authorities revealed that five Welsh areas are among the 10 with the least efficient homes.

Nationally the Isles of Scilly was named the worst in the UK edging out Powys' neighbouring counties of Gwynedd and Ceredigion. The best scores were found in London with Tower Hamlets coming top nationally.

In the study it said that: “Single-glazed windows, uninsulated walls and roofs, and electric room heaters are common problems that push up the cost of heating inefficient homes.”


Natalie Mathie, energy expert at Uswitch.com, said: “Modern new-build properties need to meet more stringent efficiency standards, which may be why London boroughs have scored highly in the ranking.

“Every bit of heat that escapes your home will cost you money, so it’s worth knowing how efficient your home is.

County Times:

“Take a moment to look up your home’s EPC certificate online and see where your property could be improved – the reports are incredibly detailed and will give you estimated costs for all the energy-saving measures.

“You can’t always tell if these changes are making a difference until you see your bill – unless you track your usage.

"People using the Utrack app can see the impact on their bills with hourly graphs, comparing gas and electricity use by day, week, month and year.”