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You can find out how to improve the warmth of your home and save money on your energy bills with a free home energy assessment - available for a limited number of households in Haringey on a first come first served basis until 31st March.
To book your FREE, NO OBLIGATION Green Deal Assessment call 020 7527 4736 (Monday to Friday)
Or email: Haringey4020@haringey.gov.uk with your contact details.
Haringey Council is offering free Green Deal assessments to residents of the borough, as part of a grant funded scheme supported by the Department of Energy & Climate Change. The project forms part of Haringey 40:20 initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 and reducing inequality in the borough.
The Green Deal is a way to finance energy saving improvements to your home.
The Green Deal must meet the ‘Golden Rule’. This means the expected savings made on energy bills from day one will
cover finance repayments.
The Green Deal can help you:
• Avoid upfront installation cost
• Reduce energy bills
• Make homes cosy and warm in winter
• Save energy and reduce carbon
The Green Deal approved measures include:
• Roof, wall and floor insulation
• Improved heating controls
• High efficiency boiler replacement
• Solar hot water heating and solar electric panel
• Energy efficient window & door replacement
The Green Deal assessment will help you to:
• Understand your home energy use, identify how you can install
energy saving measures and help manage rising energy costs.
• Find out how to make your home more comfortable and cosy.
• Adopt a more sustainable life style and reduce carbon emissions.
Haringey Council have received funding from DECC to offer residents free Green Deal assessment until the end of March 2013.
Haringey Council are working with the Selby Centre and Community Energy Lab to deliver the area based approach to promote free Green Deal assessments. The Project is called 40:20 Home Energy Check-Up: Free Green Deal Assessment.
Based at the Selby Trust, the Community Energy Lab will be promoting the scheme this spring as part of Haringey 40:20 Home Energy Check Up.
The Selby Centre and the Community Energy Lab will be working with volunteers as part of Haringey’s 40:20 Home Energy Check Up scheme to help build awareness for the benefits of the Green Deal free home energy assessment ending 31st March. The project this spring will develop community events and local relationships through a combination of conversations with local home-owners and presentations for community groups and others in Haringey.
What is 40:20?
Haringey 40:20 is the borough-wide initiative focussed on reducing carbon emissions in Haringey by 40% by 2020. In addition to the environmental benefits from reducing our carbon emissions we believe strongly that this will also lead to a healthier, happier and more prosperous borough. Haringey needs economic growth, but we also have a responsibility to tackle climate change and cut our carbon emissions too. Doing both at the same time is ambitious, it has never been done before, but it is possible.
The Green Deal is the Coalition Government’s new initiative to transform Britain’s homes. With buildings in Britain among the least efficient in the world, the Green Deal gives homes and businesses a new way of paying for energy efficient improvements such as insulation and new heating systems.
There are 45 different types of improvements currently available under the Green Deal, helping people warm up their homes and reduce energy cost.
How the 40:20 Home Energy Check Up works
A Green Deal Assessor will come to your home, talk to you about your energy use and see if you could benefit from making energy efficiency improvements. Your Assessor will recommend improvements that are appropriate for your property and indicate whether they are expected to pay for themselves through reduced energy bills.
How Green Deal Works after the Free Green Deal Assessment:
If you would to consider a Green Deal plan or have any questions after your assessment, contact the helpline [see leaflet for details]. The helpline will sign post you to Green Deal Providers.
Green Deal Providers will then quote for the recommended improvements. You can get as many quotes as you like, and you don’t have to choose all of the recommendations made to you.
Once you’ve chosen a Green Deal Provider, they will write up a Green Deal Plan. The plan is a contract between you and the Provider – it sets out the work that will be done and the repayments, including the fixed interest rate. Once you’ve agreed to a Green Deal Plan, your Provider will arrange for the improvements to be made to your home by a Green Deal Installer. You can then start to enjoy a more energy efficient home. Your Green Deal repayments will be automatically added to the electricity bill for the home.
For more information call the 40:20 Home Energy Check Up advice line on 0207 527 4736 or email Haringey4020@haringey.gov.uk
As the cold snap takes a grip, the need for older people to stay warm and well is paramount.
Haringey Council and Age UK Haringey are reaching out to all older residents in the borough with practical support on staying healthy and keeping warm during the winter weather.
The council has been awarded £153,900 from the government’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund to run this year’s 'Warm and Well' campaign.
The funding is paying for extra staff to visit 200 older people and agree measures to ensure they can help themselves and each other to maximise their wellbeing in the community. In addition, staff and volunteers are teaming up to contact a further 400 people aged over 60 to offer them a free home energy efficiency check and other home safety interventions.
The action builds on the success of a similar campaign last year which saw more than 400 older Haringey residents gain support on a range of issues from entitlements to grants and benefits to getting active and connecting with others online.
Cold homes have a significant impact on older people's health and one of the best ways of staying healthy is to stay warm - many older people are eligible for grants and for additional support.
As well as signposting those that are eligible, the campaign offers a range of support on combating fuel poverty and taking proactive steps to improve health and well being - such as getting connected with new technology to combat isolation, being aware of how to avoid injury and illness and staying active and independent.
Information will be available at locations including GPs’ surgeries, leisure centres and customer service centres, while libraries and health centres will host pop-up advice sessions.
Cllr Bernice Vanier, Cabinet member for Health and Adult Services, said:
"We will be working with our partners in the NHS and voluntary sector to target this extra money where it’s needed the most.
"One of our pop up advice sessions has already enabled a number of older people to get their energy bills online and compare quotes and deals. This kind of skill building has been important for residents to manage their fuel needs over the winter, but also in getting connected and feeling more empowered.
"There are many more people that could access support and advice that haven’t yet - either through isolation or through not perceiving themselves to have a critical need.
"We hope that anyone reading this will put themselves, or older relatives, friends and neighbours in touch with the services on offer."