Beat energy price hikes with free home efficiency measures
Households are being urged to beat energy price hikes by applying for free insulation, solar panels and other energy efficiency measures through Hackney Light and Power, Hackney Council’s energy services arm.
Hackney Light and Power’s Green Homes programme is the first borough-wide initiative in London to offer thermal efficiency measures to privately-owned and rented homes.
The second year of the programme is now open for applications, which could help lower energy bills for thousands of local residents, significantly reduce the gases produced from heating homes - which are a significant contributor to climate change - and help landlords comply with the latest energy efficiency rules.
The second year of the programme aims to support people in privately-owned or rented homes to raise their household energy performance level to Band C, following a recommendation from the Climate Change Committee in the national roadmap to net zero.
The programme offers grants of up to £5,000 for all privately owned or rented households with an energy efficiency rating of E or below, and up to £10,000 for low income households.
This year, the Green Homes programme will also support a trial to bring 10 homes up to EPC band B, by 2023 to exceed a target set out by the CCC.
Last year, over 300 households applied for the Green Homes programme, with high numbers of applications expected in its second year.
Hackney Light and Power is playing an important role in delivering the Council’s commitment to reach net zero by 2040, in line with the IPCC’s 1.5C report. It is also delivering a solar power programme on Hackney Council owned rooftops, which it is looking to expand to a further nine Council-owned buildings.
With energy price hikes and colder weather around the corner, applying for free energy efficiency measures can help to reduce energy bills and reduce emissions from households, helping residents play their part in rebuilding a greener Hackney.
Hackney Light and Power is a key part of our ambition to reach net zero by 2040, which we have to do to play our part in averting a climate disaster, with the threat of destroyed habitats, drought and flooding across the world.
It is also helping to deliver green jobs in Hackney, with a number of local companies already involved in delivering the programme.