•3,000 homes to benefit from pilot energy efficient programme
•Partnership between British Gas, Lambeth Living and Lambeth Council
•£10m of improvements to be delivered under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in 2013/14
“This pilot project is an important step in delivering additional home improvements to our residents. It will run alongside and complement our existing £500 million scheme to ensure all homes across the borough meet the Lambeth Housing Standard.” – Ola Akinfe, Lambeth Living Director of Property Services.
From September more than one thousand council homes managed by Lambeth Living will benefit under an energy efficiency pilot scheme, with up to two thousand further homes set to benefit during a proposed second phase of the project.
The programme is a partnership between Lambeth Living and British Gas through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), and will see up to £10 million invested in energy efficiency measures to homes across the borough.
As well as reducing carbon emissions, the programme will help residents save on their fuel bills by making homes cheaper to heat.
Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth’s cabinet member for housing and regeneration said: “This new £10 million energy efficiency programme will help thousands of Lambeth residents save money on their energy bills. The potential savings are considerable - just installing external wall insulation could save up to £490 year - which means this new energy savings scheme will cut the cost of living for thousands of people across Lambeth."
Starting in September, the programme will include hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation and external wall insulation. This will make homes cheaper to heat, keeping them warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Claire Williams, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy said, “We are delighted to be working with Lambeth Living and we are certain that we can make a tangible difference to the community.
“This will have a real impact on people in the borough, as although energy costs may be rising, through the ECO work we’re completing we are helping people to live in a comfortable, warm environment whilst keeping their energy bills down.
“Lambeth’s residents can expect to see a real improvement over the coming months as the partnership invests on a big scale to tackle fuel poverty and a wide range of energyproblems.”
The programme will also include work to raise awareness of the benefits of improving energy efficiency and the different measures available to residents.