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Energy efficiency scheme nears completion

Published Monday, 07 April 2014

A multi million pound energy efficiency scheme designed to reduce fuel bills for some of Enfield’s poorest residents is nearing completion.

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The partnership scheme, which was agreed with British Gas in March last year, saw £3 million invested by the gas and electricity giant to carry out a major energy efficiency programme to 101 flats in Scott House, Edmonton. The project which saw the installation of wall and roof insulation, double glazing and replaced the tower block's oil powered boiler with a more economical gas one.  

British Gas and Enfield Council estimate this funding should reduce residents' fuel bills by around 40%, or up to £400 per year with  British Gas agreeing to fund the energy efficiency works through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). 

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, said: "This is a historic project and one which Enfield Council is enormously proud of. To have delivered millions of pounds of investment and reduce residents' energy bills is superb. In partnership with big business we are reducing energy bills and making Enfield's homes warmer.

"This pioneering scheme will help lift many of our poorest households out of fuel poverty at a time when the cost of electricity and gas continues to rise." 

"We hope this project is the first of many of this type and it acts as the gateway to further investment in improving the energy performance of Enfield's homes and creating jobs for Enfield's residents."  

The Scott House project was paid for through £3 million of funding from British Gas and Decent Homes money from Enfield Council provided by the Greater London Authority.

The 40% saving relates to the cost of central heating, hot water, electricity and gas bills over the course of a year.

The British Gas pilot project supports Enfield Council's Decent Homes Programme, in partnership with the Greater London Authority. It attracts investment to improve thermal comfort, reduce energy use and reduce carbon emissions.

Large scale energy efficiency improvements create local employment opportunities and help tackle deprivation. The council is using its role as a coordinating Council to help local businesses, preparing them to make the most of this market opportunity.

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