London homes to get free energy efficiency assessment

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Image caption The scheme is supported by the Energy Saving Trust and the 32 London boroughs

About 55,000 homes in London are to get a free energy efficiency assessment which could lead to large reductions in residents' bills.

The RE:NEW programme follows a trial in nearly 9,000 homes, in which homeowners made savings of up to £154.

The scheme sees a report made of your home and a number of devices, such as low energy light bulbs and radiator panels, being installed for free.

Funded by the mayor of London, it runs until May 2012.

It also hopes to reduce fuel poverty by making sure householders are getting all the benefits and grants they are entitled to.

'Good economic sense'

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.

The project is supported by the Energy Saving Trust and the 32 London boroughs.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "Cutting energy waste at a time of rising costs makes good economic sense and it benefits the environment by reducing carbon dioxide.

"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."

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."

RE:NEW teams are working in selected areas starting with the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

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