Thanks to a £275,000 windfall fuel poor residents living in and around Haringey, North London, are one step closer to benefiting from an energy efficiency transformation which should lead to cheaper power bills.
The funding comes courtesy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Green Deal scheme, a revolutionary initiative set to overhaul at the UK’s ageing house stock by giving homeowners the opportunity to install eligible home improvements without having to pay for them upfront.
The cross borough project will see residents in Haringey and neighbouring Islington receive free home energy assessments to determine what measures would be worthwhile implementing to reduce their energy bills. For example, this could be double glazing, loft and cavity wall insulation or fitting any energy saving new boiler. The free survey – which in normal circumstances could cost anything up to £150 – will assess the property’s energy efficiency and identify a suitable range of measures for the householder. If interested, residents will be put in touch with Government approved Green Deal providers who are responsible for offering a package of measures, as well as arranging for a Green Deal approved installer to carry out the work.
Part of the funding will be utilised to establish a network of approved Green Deal installers across Haringey, Islington, Enfield and Waltham Forest. In the meantime the council will engage community groups and local businesses to help them get the message out to the community.
“This funding will help us reach those households that might not know how they could improve fuel and energy efficiency in their homes and businesses, as well as saving money,” said Haringey Councillor, Joe Goldberg.