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15,000 council homes turn super energy efficient

Haringey Council unveiled plans for a major energy efficiency and decarbonisation retrofit of all 15,000 council homes at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday night.

The Council Housing Energy Action Plan will see the installation of measures such as external wall and loft insulation, energy efficient doors and windows, heat pumps and solar panels as part of the whole house retrofits.

On a mission to become a net zero carbon borough by 2041, the pioneering approach predicts a 98 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from council homes by 2038.

As well as dramatically reducing each households’ carbon footprint, average heating bills could be reduced by 28 per cent – tackling ever increasing energy costs caused by the cost-of-living crisis and offering tenants more financial freedom.

Under the initial 2023-28 plan, around 1,500 homes will benefit each year from the upgrade with those most in need targeted first.

More than £100m has so far been set aside for this project, with additional bids for funding to be made to the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

The council owns about 17 per cent of the borough’s total housing stock, with council homes amounting to approximately 7-8 per cent of Haringey’s carbon emissions.