RE:NEW demonstrates the power of energy efficiency
Thursday 16th February 2012
Last week the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced a significant
milestone for his RE:NEW home energy efficiency programme, which has helped 40,000
London households to save an estimated £4 million on their energy bills.
As well as helping homeowners save on bills,
the scheme is also designed to reduce London’s carbon emissions. With 80% of
emissions coming from homes, the £7.8 million RE:NEW programme aims to
‘retrofit’ homes with a range of energy saving measures, from energy saving
light bulbs to cavity insulation - installed for free by a trained assessor.
These results are a great advert for energy
efficiency initiatives and demonstrate why we are seeing an increasing focus on
efficiency from Government, industry and energy users themselves.
Energy efficiency is not just a complement to
other green technologies like renewable energy sources - it needs to be seen as
an equally important measure. And the Mayor’s RE:NEW schemes dramatically shows
the significant benefits that can be derived from wide-ranging energy
Not only does it prove the savings that can be
made on energy bills, the RE:NEW results offer compelling evidence of how
educating energy users can have a measurable impact on lowering energy demand.
This is not even mentioning the Mayor’s other aim - stimulating the green
economy and developing ‘green-collar’ jobs.
Perhaps of most interest, the results have
been achieved without the aid of the most significant energy efficiency scheme
- the smart meter roll out. And when this key initiative becomes mainstream, we
could see even more notable changes in energy usage.
Smart meters have the potential to encourage
lasting changes in the home, by providing real-time information about how energy
is being used, so households can monitor how their behaviour relates to their bill.
The result is far more intelligent and reasoned changes over how to use
RE:NEW has made great strides and the smart
meter rollout looks set to accelerate this success, dramatically lowering our
long term energy demand and driving up energy efficiency.
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