More social homes in Enfield to be made energy efficient thanks to £3.5m grant

Further 110 properties set to benefit from a “deep home retrofit” to lower energy bills and carbon emissions

Ayten Guzel housing retrofit (credit Enfield Dispatch)

Hundreds of social housing homes in Enfield are to be made more energy efficient after Enfield Council won £3.5million in funding from the government.

The money from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund will give an additional 110 social housing tenants warmer homes and will see lower energy bills once the improvements to the 267 Council homes are made.

As part of Retrofit Enfield, the borough-wide council initiative to improve homes to make them warmer and more efficient, ten properties in Edmonton have already benefited from a “deep home retrofit”.

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Improvements included external wall insulation, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system, triple glazing and new doors, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and taking properties off gas.

Ayten Guzel, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “By improving the energy efficiency of these properties, the council will help to deliver warm, energy efficient homes, reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

“We will be helping to improve the comfort and wellbeing of some of the lowest income households with these modifications. We are committed to investment in existing homes in Enfield as part of our good growth strategy.”

With the addition of the new funding, Retrofit Enfield will seek to widen the scheme to 120 homes, up from ten, and integrate with an existing programme of improvements to 14 blocks and 157 flats. The aim is to bring their energy rating, known as the EPC, to an expected C grade from D, E and F.

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