Housing - saving energy and cutting emissions
We know that many people are worried about the rising cost of living in 2022, including rising energy bills, and we want to provide as much support and help as possible to our residents.
Improving the energy efficiency of homes across Westminster will help reduce energy bills while reducing carbon emissions and working towards our net zero emissions target.
Investing in Westminster Tenants’ Homes
We are currently upgrading the energy efficiency of Council tenants’ homes with a range of projects to save energy and to help with rising costs. At the same time, we are tackling the climate emergency by reducing carbon emissions across Westminster.
Last year we upgraded over 100 tenants’ homes and this year we are aiming for over 350 homes.
The work is targeted at homes with the lowest energy efficiency ratings. The majority of these are homes in typical terraced houses. Depending on each home it may include insulation, window and door improvements, heating upgrades and installation of solar panels.
We are contacting tenants directly to set up initial surveys and to discuss the options for their homes.
Energy Saving Show Home
Westminster City Council and our contractor, Morgan Sindall have retrofitted a one-bedroom terraced flat in Queens Park to test and demonstrate and a wide range of retrofit measures including:
- Internal wall and underfloor insulation
- Thermally efficient windows and doors
- Replacing the gas boiler with an energy-efficient air source heat pump
- Changing the gas cooker to an electric hob, eliminating gas use at the property
- Powering the home by solar panels on the roof with battery storage.
These works have reduced the energy required to heat the home by over half and are expected to virtually eliminate the need for electricity from the grid.
The home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating has increased from D to B and energy bills are expected to fall from over £1,000 a year to near zero.
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Visit the Show Home
Residents, homeowners and landlords are invited to view the Energy Saving Show Home on one of our Open Days. Tours will be led by retrofit co-ordinators that delivered the retrofit works.
Book your visit to find out more about the energy saving measures installed and how they could help you reduce energy bills and cut carbon emissions in your own home
A range of support and guidance is available if you’re struggling with your energy bills, concerned about rising energy prices, or would like further information on how you can cut your energy use at home.
Support to Retrofit Your Home
Are you a leaseholder, homeowner or landlord? Visit our guide to whole-house retrofit for information on home retrofit support schemes, planning permission and more.