Mayor helps Londoners beat energy price hikes
- Published on Thursday, 04 August 2011 16:14
- Posted by Scott Buckler
At a time of rising energy prices, the Mayor Boris Johnson is helping Londoners cut their fuel bills, with tens of thousands of homes set to be offered a free energy efficiency makeover. Homes in parts of Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Lewisham and Waltham Forest are the first to receive this opportunity (August 4th)
The RE:NEW energy efficiency programme is being provided to 55,000 homes in specific areas across the capital between now and May 2012, after a successful trial in nearly 9,000 homes in nine boroughs. Residents in these trials made savings of up to £154 on their annual energy and water bills but it is estimated savings could be up to £180 a year taking into account recent energy price rises. The trials saved nearly 3,500 tons of CO2, equivalent to 3,000 cars coming off London’s roads.
The RE:NEW team will be active in selected areas across all London boroughs offering the service. This includes a tailor-made range of energy-reducing devices installed by a trained assessor. The scheme will provide a range of different measures for free such as low energy light bulbs, radiator panels and stand-by switches. It also offers water saving measures. Where appropriate, more substantial measures, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, will be offered. These will be subsidised for those able to pay and free for those on qualifying benefits helping to tackle fuel poverty.
With 80 per cent of carbon emissions coming from buildings, this service is part of the Mayor’s vision to “retrofit" London to create an energy efficient city, stimulate 'green-collar' jobs and help the city become more resilient to rising fuel prices. RE:NEW is funded by the Mayor and all 32 London boroughs have signed as partners in the scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with London Councils and the Energy Saving Trust. Barking & Dagenham, Hackney and Waltham Forest, with appointed contractor, London Warm Zone, and Lewisham with appointed contracror, Osborne Energy, are the first to roll out RE:NEW. The focus in these areas will be on providing energy monitors and stand by switches.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘Cutting energy waste at a time of rising costs makes good economic sense and it benefits the environment by reducing CO2. I am determined to make buildings more efficient on an unprecedented scale to create jobs in a low carbon economy. This will save millions off fuel bills and fundamentally improve quality of life for Londoners. RE:NEW is simple, safe and free to access, you'd be crazy not to go for it.'
Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: ‘The most successful energy efficiency programmes taken on area-by-area are those that offer something for everyone and where measures are installed on an individual, tailored basis. RE:NEW fits the bill on all counts – any householder, renting or owning, can benefit, and only the measures that will deliver carbon and bill savings for a given home will be considered. We’re pleased to be a part of it.’
Councillor Catherine West, Chair of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee, said: ‘Nearly 9,000 Londoners have already benefited from RE:NEW, saving more than 3,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process. But there are many more still to go and we'll be reaching more than five times as many homes during this next stage.
‘Londoners who had their homes treated last year saved around £150 on their fuel bills. These next steps mean that as well as making their homes more environmentally friendly, a number of the capital's poorest families will be less likely to suffer from fuel poverty next winter. As fuel prices continue to rise, this is more important than ever.’
Councillor Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing at Hackney Council, said: ‘Hackney Council is committed to ensuring that everyone in the borough is decently housed in more sustainable homes, and this includes improving the energy efficiency of residents’ homes, which can help reduce heating and water bills.’
Councillor Gerald Vincent, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Barking and Dagenham council, said: ‘The funding is very welcome and will allow the Council to establish a Low Carbon Zone in Dagenham and apply best practice from our pilot scheme in Barking, which was also supported with funding from the Mayor of London. Reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, through a range of very simple measures, makes so much sense in addressing the challenges of climate change. Cutting the fuel bills of households, who are increasingly feeling the pinch in these difficult times, is a further bonus.’
Source: London Mayor