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How to stop heat escaping?

Reducing your heating bill now is a top priority for a climate-safe future. Join the campaign to make it easier for all of us to stop wasting money on gas.

We need far more support to reduce carbon emissions from our heating needs. In the meantime, here are a few pointers to get started yourself.

What are the options? What are the difficulties? What resources can we pool together in Redbridge?

Redbridge Go Green grant

Like many other local authorities, Redbridge Council has a home energy efficiency scheme for households with an income less than £30,000 a year and where the property has an EPC rating of D or worse. https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/housing/private-rentals/go-green/ This includes an assessment, and up to £5,000 for work on rented properties, or £10,000 for homeowners. (We need to put pressure on central government to support and vastly expand schemes like this.)

Advice, installers and other skilled traders

https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/installer-search/Q2

Advice and planning tools

From London renovator. https://www.ecofurb.com/

Waltham Forest eco-home

A refurbished Edwardian terraced house in Greenleaf Road E17. It’s an eye-opener. As of May 2022, general guided tours are sold out. https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/design-and-conservation/eco-home-47-greenleaf-road. We need a similar or better inspiration in Redbridge.

How one outer London home went zero-carbon

Blog from climate-conscious science communicator. https://protonsforbreakfast.wordpress.com/my-house/

Fuel poverty, and bills

Unfortunately we don’t have any expertise to offer to the many people struggling with bills. Fuel Poverty Action is also campaigning for more support for energy efficiency. National Energy Action has advice and campaigns. Citizens’ Advice also has advice on the energy crisis.

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