en10ergy and Muswell Hill Sustainability Group are extending our successful 100 Homes project to further communities in Haringey and our new project co-ordinator, Mary Blake, started on 19th March. Mary will be working with community groups and volunteers in Harringay, St Anns, Noel Park and Crouch End to recruit homes to the project.
The Muswell Hill Sustainability Group 100 Homes project started in Spring 2010 initially with 50 households, the majority of which are in Muswell Hill and Fortis Green. The aim of the project was to help participating households to cut their carbon emissions and reduce their fuel bills. Through undertaking a baseline carbon footprint and getting householders to complete a basic home energy assessment questionnaire, we helped householders identify priority areas for cutting emissions. In parallel we also set up our Low Carbon Buying Group which allowed householders to purchase more expensive measures such as new boilers at discounts. We also established a database of trusted local suppliers, and ran a series of workshops on energy saving through behaviour change, boilers and insulation, solar energy, greener transport and sustainable food. Results for the first year show a 16% reduction in carbon emissions (64 tonnes of carbon saved), though some households dropped out during the first year. Most households have implemented energy saving measures, some making substantial changes.
Our new project
Based on the Muswell Hill 100 Homes project and learning some lessons from Low Carbon West Oxford’s Low Carbon Living Programme, we are starting a new project to reach further communities in Haringey. We’re intending to work with households in the Harringay Ladder, St Anns, Noel Park and Crouch End. We’re going to be offering home visits where we complete the carbon footprinting and home energy assessment questionnaires with the householder as well as running the workshops that have been so popular in Muswell Hill. Participants will be able to share details of reputable installers as well as participate in our Low Carbon Buying Scheme. This will also be great preparation for anyone thinking of funding improvements in home energy efficiency through the government’s Green Deal. If you are interested in participating, or know of someone who might be do contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org