Cost-of-living help through home retrofit scheme

Two residential homes, both undergoing works including installation of solar panels. Scaffolding leans against one of  the homes.

Properties in Edmonton Green and Haselbury wards are benefitting from a ground-breaking partnership scheme to make them more thermally efficient, saving money for residents.

Enfield Council has started improvement works known as retrofit, which will help to improve these homes’ energy efficiency, making them easier to heat and keep warm and replacing fossil fuels with renewable, clean energy.

The works are part of a three-year Innovation Partnership alongside seven other council landlords in London, who are looking to deliver more than 250 net-zero housing retrofits. Over the next few months, Enfield Council will:

  • Fit new double-glazed windows and high-performance doors
  • Add solar panels to generate electricity and install a new efficient heating and ventilation system which will regulate the temperature of the home to provide warmth in the winter and cool in the summer
  • Externally insulate the homes
  • Remove gas to the homes

Enfield Council secured almost £600,000 of government funding for the retrofit works.

Enfield Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Ergin Erbil, said: “Enfield Council has a strong track record in leading carbon reduction and innovative energy projects. We are also acutely aware of the financial pressure many people are under at the moment so this project could not come at a better time. Once completed, these homes will be better protected against energy price increases because they will generate their own energy as well as needing less energy.

“As the scheme progresses, Enfield Council and the other partners will share their experiences and expertise of the retrofit process. The programme will also provide social housing providers access to the technical expertise needed for the success of this and future projects, enabling a more widespread roll out throughout London.”

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Housing, Cllr George Savva, said: “This deep retrofit will help lower people’s energy bills and provide warm and secure housing, which in turn will help improve living conditions. The partnership will help us test what technologies and designs work best, so we can look at the retrofit of further council homes in the future.”

Enfield Council has an ambitious climate action programme with an aim to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030, and a carbon neutral borough by 2040. To read more about these plans, visit the Council’s climate action pages.

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