Ealing Council energy initiatives
A number of initiatives or partnerships that Ealing Council supports or encourages have been mentioned in the other energy efficiency pages. This section lists the main council initiatives related to energy efficiency.
Ealing Council Energy Strategy 2013-2018
The purpose of this strategy is to establish the intentions of the council related to energy use and production and to recognise the significant relationship between energy efficiency and health. It identifies the ambitions of the council organised by the following key drivers:
- Meeting our regulatory obligations
- Reducing energy consumption and improving operations
- Utilising renewable energy to secure the cleanest supply possible
- Delivering value by achieving the best price for energy
- Protecting the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable residents
- Seeking inspired solutions that deliver learning and results
- Achieving community benefits as a result of our actions
The energy strategy sets targets and addresses actions required for both residential buildings in the borough and council buildings.
Home Energy Conservation Report (HECA)
The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 requires all English authorities to prepare further reports setting out the energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area.
Ealing Council’s HECA Further Report 2013 sets out the energy efficiency initiatives which the council will deliver between in 2013-2015. The actions within the report may change to reflect changing circumstances and access to funding opportunities. This report will be updated every two years.
Big London Energy Switch (BLES)
Ealing Council is part of the Big London Energy Switch, a collective switching scheme run by a number of councils in London. It brings people together to use collective buying power to secure better deals on their gas and electricity bills. Anyone who pays a bill can take part, including tenants and customers on pre-pay meters. See also (link to Energy efficiency advice (4)- Finding the best price for your energy)
Green Homes Together
This Community Interest Company was formed by a consortium of 15 local authorities, including the London Borough of Ealing, and the National Energy Foundation. Green Homes Together is your local Green Deal Provider, in partnership with Ealing Council, offering householders energy saving advice and support.
For more information visit the Green Homes Together website.
Retrofit for the Future
In 2010, Ealing Council was successful in a competition bid to the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Retrofit for the Future programme. This programme was designed to explore how existing homes can be improved to use less energy, cut carbon emissions and save costs. Initial funding was provided to develop a retrofit strategy. Further funding was then awarded to selected teams across England to find out how their strategy would work in real homes, with ambitious energy reduction targets.
The aim in Ealing was to produce a demonstration ‘eco-house’ and test innovative energy efficiency measures with funding from the TSB. The project team identified a typical local authority owned 1930s semi-detached two-storey house with “hard-to-treat” characteristics, aiming to create a home with excellent comfort conditions in both winter and summer.
The TSB has produced a report based on monitoring and analysis of all the properties funded under the Retrofit for the Future programme: ‘For more information go to the Technology Strategy Board website.
ECO Flex - Statement of intent
ECO Flex funding enables every local authority to make a declaration to an energy company, for a qualifying resident* to receive a range of energy efficiency measures (the final decision on funding rests with the energy company). To take part in ECO Flex each local authority must have a statement of intent which details the criteria for a qualifying resident.
*Qualifying residents will either be fuel poor, or vulnerable to the cold, as defined in the statement of intent, or the Healthy Homes Ealing Programme (Free phone 0800 083 2265).