Hillingdon & Harrow homes in carbon reduction trial

Homes in Harrow and Hillingdon are taking part in a carbon footprint reduction pilot.

Hundreds of homes could¬†benefit from a free carbon makeover as part of the Mayor of London’s scheme. Residents in targeted areas within nine boroughs, including Hillingdon and Harrow, will be offered a free of charge service to include a range of easy to install measures to reduce their energy use.

This will include switching to low energy light bulbs and changing to stand-by switches. The aim is to also offer more substantial steps, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, which will be subsidised for those able to pay and free for those on qualifying benefits.

Beatrice Cingtho, head of housing in Hillingdon, told the Uxbridge Gazette: “From our participation in this trial scheme we hope to secure additional resources for Hillingdon that will have the potential to benefit all of our residents in the next few years.”

The programme aims to cover all areas of London, visiting between 200,000 to 500,000 properties by 2012 and 1.2 million domestic properties by 2015. The Mayor and the London Development Agency have committed £9.5million to kick-start the new programme.

Households in areas selected to take part in the trials will receive an introductory letter inviting a follow-up visit from a fully qualified and accredited home energy assessor, who will install the energy efficiency measures and provide additional advice to help residents cut energy use.

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