Mayor launches energy service for Londoners

London mayor Boris Johnson is trying to help Londoners cut their fuel bills, with tens of thousands of homes set to be offered a free energy efficiency makeover. The RE:NEW […]

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By Tom Gibson

London mayor Boris Johnson is trying to help Londoners cut their fuel bills, with tens of thousands of homes set to be offered a free energy efficiency makeover.

The RE:NEW energy efficiency programme is being provided to 55,000 homes in specific areas across the capital between now and May 2012. Residents in these trials made savings of up to £154 on their annual energy and water bills.

The scheme will provide a range of different measures for free such as low energy light bulbs, radiator panels, stand-by switches and water saving measures. More substantial measures, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, will be offered if possible. These will be subsidised for those able to pay and free for those on qualifying benefits helping to tackle fuel poverty.

80% of carbon emissions coming from buildings.

Mr 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.’

The RE:NEW scheme involves a full home energy survey carried out by a home energy advisor. Residents will then get a report once the visit is complete and have a range of free energy saving measures installed. The survey will also identify whether loft, cavity or solid wall insulation could be installed.

The mayor hopes to attain funding to expand the programme to 200,000 homes by the end of 2012 and 1.2 million homes by 2015.

Homes in parts of Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Lewisham and Waltham Forest are the first to receive this opportunity.