Reducing our climate footprint and helping our residents to save money on their energy bills is a key focus for us. We have set ourselves a goal of making all of Westminster carbon neutral by 2040, and that means making changes in buildings and homes to reach that target – all to benefit the environment and help keep your home warm and your costs down.
Some of the steps we are taking include making upgrades in your buildings. Currently, we are converting communal lights to LED and have already converted 10,000 lights which is 35% of our total number of lights. Once this is finished, emissions will be reduced by 150 carbon tonnes per year. Boilers make up approximately 16% of CO2 emissions in the UK, so we are also upgrading our boilers to Grade A to ensure they reach 90% efficiency. By phasing out less efficient boilers, we’ll also reduce our carbon emissions.
Another initiative that’s underway is the installation of revolutionary heating panels, called Matilda’s Sunshine, in resident’s homes, which helps to reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions in the coldest of homes. These panels were part of a technology trial called ‘Matilda’s Sunshine’ and installed in a Westbourne Park property in November 2019 with the help of our Mould Busters team. Since then the resident has felt the benefits of these improvements, along with saving up to £200 in the first six months.
If you’re one of our tenants and are experiencing issues with cold, mould and condensation, you can use our Mould Busters service for free. Contact us to book your Mould Busters home assessment by visiting www.westminster.gov.uk/yourhousing/condensation.