5 Mar 15

EDF Energy funds energy saving measures for Kingston residents

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low carbon energy, is funding approximately £300,000 worth of energy saving measures to improve hundreds of homes across the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey visited houses in Norbiton on Thursday 5th March 2015 to meet residents who are benefitting from the project and to see the work in progress.

The scheme will see 300 ‘hard-to-heat’ homes on the Norbiton and Mount Pleasant estates receive energy efficiency measures, such as exterior wall insulation, loft insulation and double glazing.

Work on the project commenced last year and more than 60 homes in the borough have benefited so far. Initial analysis of the properties that have had exterior wall insulation installed has shown an average saving of £230 per household on their annual energy bills.

The project, in partnership with energy consultants Landmark Energy, is part of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – an initiative designed to help people in low-income areas save energy, thereby saving carbon and money on their energy bills.

Eric Salomon, Energy Field Services Director at EDF Energy, said: “We are proud to be able to bring our ECO project funding to Kingston. It is anticipated that approximately 8,000 tonnes of CO2 will be saved following the installation of these measures.

“These improvements will make a significant difference to the lives of the local residents who will be able to benefit from lower fuel bills and much warmer homes.”

Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, said: “Installing energy saving measures, such as exterior wall insulation, will mean hundreds of homes across Kingston and Surbiton will be warmer and cheaper to heat.

“The Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal have improved more than 1 million homes across the country in under 2 years, and nearly 1 in 10 of them are in London.

“The Fuel Poverty Strategy that I launched this week shows we’re not done yet – with plans to crack down on landlords who rent energy leaky properties and to pilot schemes with GPs to offer ‘warmth on prescription’.

“I’m impressed with what I’ve seen today and I wish EDF Energy and the Royal Borough of Kingston every success with their project.”

Resident Christine Wareham, of Porchester Road, said: “Before we were spending £25 to £30 a week on our gas and electricity during winter and we had the heating on day and night. But now, the exterior wall insulation that has been installed keeps the cold out and the warmth in and we’re spending much less.”

Councillor Ian George, Kingston Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This means warmer, better insulated and more energy-efficient homes, making it more affordable for local residents to heat their homes properly. I welcome this partnership working which is not just saving energy, but saving people money too.”

The work by EDF Energy is being done alongside Kingston Council’s ‘Better Homes’ programme, a scheme to improve thousands of homes across the borough. When finished, all council housing will meet the Kingston Better Homes Standard, exceeding the government’s Decent Homes minimum standard.

The work started in July 2014 and this three year project is due to complete in March 2017. United House has been appointed as principle contractor for this scheme.

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EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/