By Maximilian Clarke
Every London borough is now offering an energy efficiency programme to save Londoners money off fuel bills. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is urging anyone who is eligible to take up the service offered under the RE:NEW programme.
RE:NEW has already started across South, East and West London, with over 18,700 homes being treated with energy and water efficiency measures so far. Over December, homes in the following areas will start being offered the scheme: Queen's Park in Westminster; Burnt Oak, Colindale and West Hendon in Barnet; Northumberland Park, White Hart Lane and Woodside in Haringey; Kentish Town and Cantclowes in Camden; Holloway in Islington; Upper Edmonton in Enfield; and South Hornchurch in Havering.
With 80 per cent of carbon emissions coming from buildings, RE:NEW is part of the Mayor’s vision to “retrofit London” on an unprecedented scale to create an energy efficient city, stimulate 'green-collar' jobs and help the city become more resilient to rising fuel prices. It is funded by the Mayor and all 32 London boroughs have signed as partners, which is being delivered in partnership with London Councils and the Energy Saving Trust. RE:NEW is the largest co-ordinated scheme of its kind, working across all 32 boroughs (not including City of London).
“Every borough is now working with RE:NEW visiting tens of thousands of homes as the cold weather hits,” said Boris Johnson. “I want this programme to help Londoners save money off their fuel bills, cut the city's carbon emissions and create new jobs. I urge all those eligible for RE:NEW to take full advantage of this fabulous service."
Catherine West, chair of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, added: "Fuel poverty is a major problem for householders in London, with thousands of people forced to choose between heating and eating this winter as gas and electricity prices soar.
“Much more needs to be done to help people struggling to make ends meet. This welcome partnership between London boroughs and the Mayor is a start which should help to reduce energy costs in up to 55,000 homes."
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