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Smart Homes

The challenge

The UK has a legally binding target under the Climate Change Act 2008 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The Greater London Authority has stated that 36% of Greater London carbon dioxide emissions are produced by housing. A good part of this figure could be substantially reduced by implementing effective energy efficiency measures in London homes.

Aims

Smart Homes was created with a fund from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the intention was to improve energy efficiency in London houses to deliver better, warmer and greener living spaces for communities whilst reducing carbon footprint. The project offered financial support for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in privately owned properties in six North London Boroughs: Haringey, Hackney, Islington, Camden, Enfield and Waltham Forest. Up to £6,000 was available for homeowners and landlords to implement energy efficiency measures in their homes.

 

 Key objectives:

  • Better: Homes are the central part of everyone’s life. They are where we live;
    raise our families and our place within the community. Improve the living conditions of our homes is a central aim for this project.
  • Warmer: energy bill represents a substantial amount of the annual expenditure of a family. The best way to protect families against rising costs of energy is to prevent heat losses from houses. Providing effective insulation measure in homes will effectively deliver reductions on energy bills.
  • Greener: Implementing energy saving measures in houses will bring not only financial and social benefits, it will also contribute to protect the environment from unnecessary carbon emissions and increase awareness on the environmental footprint of each household.

 

LSx worked with Haringey Council and more than 44 community groups to raise awareness and promote uptake of the opportunity. Read more about it here.

  

What we have achieved?

Using an effective 3 prong approach to access both virtual and actual social networks we worked with 44 community groups, reaching out to 371,728 people with:

  • 5934 being reached through events and drop-in sessions,
  • 28086 reached through newsletters and emails,
  • 6710 leaflets distributed and,
  • 280,388 reached through social media activities

 

“We’ve been pleased to assist LSx in promoting the Smart Homes grants to members of the community. It opened up a dialogue we wouldn’t normally have with our service users about energy efficiency and home improvements.”

Laura, Voluntary Action Walthamstow

 

“We are doing this because it is the right thing to do [insulate homes], not to make money”

 

Sylvia, Bushill Park Church

 

"It was great to work with London Sustainability Exchange to promote the Smart Homes initiative.  I enjoyed speaking to different community groups - especially those such as elderly or disabled who may not otherwise have known about such opportunities.  The support that project gives to vulnerable people is really important as people are faced with rising fuel costs.   We felt, as a local community centre, that it was important to engage with the issue and make sure the information reached those in our community who most needed it."

Susanna, Hornsey Vale Community Centre

 

We also reached out through appropriate professional networks; leaflets were distributed through 48 estate agents and the information was featured on numerous websites and newsletters. 

 

 Contact

For more information, please contact Hannah Gardiner on 020 2349 9400 or h.gardiner@lsx.org.uk

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