Most of the 140,000 homes and buildings in Barnet are old and uninsulated, and most residents are unaware of the benefits of improving efficiency or generating their own energy. They also do not know which installers to trust. As a result, most people pay more than they need to for energy and Barnet has the highest domestic carbon emissions per person of any London Borough.
“Climate change, alongside a diminishing supply of fossil fuels, means that it is ever more important that we look for ways to save energy in our homes and businesses. We all have a part to play in reducing carbon emissions and this scheme (Energise Barnet) is great for providing practical advice and guidance on the changes people can make to their own homes in order to save energy.”
Rt. Hon.Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet and Transport Minister.
“Energise Barnet has been of immense help. They provided a lot of invaluable advice to help me make an informed decision on solar PV and arranged a very competitive price. I am delighted with the installation carried out and am already reducing my electricity bill and generating income as a result of the Feed in Tariff ”.
In a year of record-breaking extreme weather, it's never been clearer that we need to step things up in a big way.
But when it's time to do more, it's also worth reminding ourselves what we're capable of.
So to celebrate another remarkable year, we've put together a big roundup of the best things we did together in the last 12 months. As always, it makes for pretty inspiring reading!
This week, we celebrated climate week with a bunch of carbon cutting actions, got great veg box and carpooling advice from Italy, and learned about a Danish company aiming to cut 95% of their emissions next year.
At October's Pitch Pledge Party event, we got some funding from the 10:10 community to take our community energy saving and renewables initiative to the next level.
But it hasn't been all smooth sailing since my last update in December. A combination of Christmas holidays, cold weather and the government's feed-in tariff cutbacks has made it nearly impossible to persuade homeowners to install solar PV. Sadly, we also lost our free office space due to the landlord getting a paying tenant.
But things are on the up. Despite the setbacks, there's been some good news to balance it out...