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Published Thursday, 05 February 2015

A new project designed to improve the energy efficiency of privately owned homes and save residents money was showcased by Enfield Council yesterday (Wednesday 4 February).

Smart Homes

The Smart Homes scheme offers government grants of up to 75% of costs towards energy improvements in homes to a maximum of £6,000.

The grants are open to both owner occupiers, private tenants and private landlords, and aims to improve the energy performance of properties needing solid wall insulation or with difficult to fill cavity walls. This helps residents to make their homes warmer and save money on their energy bills.

Smart Homes also supports other energy improvements highlighted in a Green Deal Assessment such as double glazing, secondary glazing and / or energy efficient boilers. This project forms part of the Enfield 2020 action plan, with the recently launched annual report highlighting how Enfield 2020 is making the borough a better place to live, work and visit.

The scheme is being run by Haringey Council, working with the boroughs of Enfield, Camden, Hackney, Islington, and Waltham Forest. Smart Homes runs until the 31st of March 2015 on a first-come first-served basis so it is best to apply now so you don’t miss out. If you are a tenant you will need your landlord's consent.

Yesterday Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety and Cllr Alan Sitkin, Cabinet Member for Economic Development joined with local homeowner Mr Costas Frangeskides to see a successful wall insulation which was undertaken by local company Ecologic Energy.

Mr Frangeskides said “We are really glad we got our walls insulated. It was quick and easy, and we were helped all the way through the process.

“We’re reaping the benefits now it is winter as our bills are lower and our house is much warmer. I would urge everyone to insulate their homes.”

Cllr Doug Taylor, the Leader of Enfield Council said “I am pleased to see works like this being done to residents’ homes as it cuts heating costs, can improve the appearance of your property and help benefit the environment from reduced energy use.

“Around 42% of heat is lost through solid walls, and if you live in an uninsulated home this will be costing you money. The solution to this problem is solid wall insulation. So at a time when energy bills can be costly, Smart Homes allows you, for a relatively small investment, to cut your costs, but remain environmentally aware.

“Smart Homes is just one of the initiatives backed by Enfield Council to reduce carbon emissions. The Council has already gone far beyond its original target of a 25% reduction in its carbon emissions. In the last five years we have achieved a 35% reduction in our carbon footprint, so are well on track to achieve our target 40% reduction by 2020.

“Ecologic Energy, the company undertaking the work, is an Enfield-based business so it is great that we can make residents homes warmer and support a local business.”

To find out more call the Smart Homes Advice Line on 020 7527 4736 or visit the Smart Homes website for details of drop-in advice sessions on Smart Homes: Link

If you want to speak to a local contractor about Smart Homes, or how your home can be improved by the grant why not come to one of our advice sessions:

Wednesday 11 February – 12.00 noon till 2.00pm – Enfield Council Civic Centre canteen
Thursday 19 February – 10.00am till 2.00pm – Oakwood Library

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