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Pilot project launched to cut energy bills in North London homes

Homeowners are reducing their energy bills thanks to RetrofitWorks, a collaboration between local small building firms and Haringey Council.

The cooperative is being piloted in the North London borough of Haringey, where 8 households are undertaking energy efficient renovations.

The co-operative is said to be delivering energy savings for residents at no upfront cost through the installation of loft and cavity wall insulation, boiler upgrades and other energy improvements, under the Government’s Green Deal scheme.

RetrofitWorks director Russell Smith commented:“The co-operative seeks to bring substantial benefits to the local area. For homeowners it offers a network of local building firms across Haringey who they can trust and rely upon, and for the wider local economy it bringseconomic development and creates jobs.”

“We’ve also been highlighted as a Green Skills Exemplar by the Green Skills Alliance (GSA). This has helped us to identify the best approach to help develop the skills of local building firms, ensuring a high quality service for householders and community groups.  It has also helped us explore the best approach for engaging with training providers across the UK.”

The model was developed by low energy home refurbishment experts Parity Projects, through a series of workshops with local SMEs, community groups and Haringey Council - as part of the Haringey 40:20 following a recommendation from the Carbon Commission.

Haringey 40:20 is a Council’s initiative to save 40 per cent Carbon by 2020 while increasing prosperity and reducing inequality in the borough.

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