AN INNOVATIVE scheme to cut carbon from at least 200,000 London homes by 2012 is set to be trialled in Hillingdon.
About 850 homes in the borough will benefit from a free carbon makeover as part of the scheme, which was kick started by the Mayor of London and London councils last Tuesday (10).
From this month, residents in targeted areas within nine boroughs, including Hillingdon, will be offered a free of charge service to include a range of easy to install measures to reduce their energy use.
This will include switching to low energy light bulbs and changing to stand-by switches. The aim is to also offer more substantial steps, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, which will be subsidised for those able to pay and free for those on qualifying benefits.
Beatrice Cingtho, head of housing in Hillingdon, said: "We are pleased to make our contribution to the development of this pan-London scheme.
"From our participation in this trial scheme we hope to secure additional resources for Hillingdon that will have the potential to benefit all of our residents in the next few years."
The other boroughs taking part are Harrow, Croydon, Camden, Lewisham, Havering, Haringey, Kingston, and Southwark.
The programme aims to cover all areas of London, visiting between 200,000 to 500,000 properties by 2012 and 1.2 million domestic properties by 2015.
Installing the easy measures being offered by 2015 could save 350,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. By installing further measures, such as loft or wall insulation, reductions of over 1,200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be made by 2015.
The Mayor and the London Development Agency have committed £9.5million to kick-start the new programme.
Three smaller trials were completed over the summer in Hillingdon, Croydon and Southwark. These reached 817 homes, saving around 500 tonnes of carbon through the introduction of easy measures.
Households in areas selected to take part in the trials will receive an introductory letter inviting a follow-up visit from a fully qualified and accredited home energy assessor, who will install the energy efficiency measures and provide additional advice to help residents cut energy use.