The majority of houses in south-west London have poor energy efficiency in walls

As the energy crisis continues, more than half of south-west London’s homes have poor energy efficiency on walls, data have revealed.

Figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Authorities show that the energy efficiency of walls in more than 50% of the houses in every borough in south-west London is either poor or very poor.

The worst neighborhood is Kensington & Chelsea, where over 68% have a very bad rating and over 80% bad or very bad.

Chief Kensington & Chelsea Chief Planning, Location and Environment Officer Johnny Thalassites said: “We want people to have warm, healthy homes that are affordable to operate and good for the environment.

“For our own council tenants, we are spending £ 374 million on improving homes to make them warmer and more energy efficient.”

Even Sutton, the most energy-efficient district in south-west London, has more than a third of its houses with a very poor rating and almost 52% poor or very poor.

It is estimated that around 40% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions come from the way buildings are heated and used, with the government proposing that even relatively small changes will have a significant reductive effect.

Councils in some of the worst-performing districts in south-west London have maintained that there are subsidies for them in low-energy housing.

The council offers free home visits to increase energy efficiency, change tariffs and help elderly and disabled residents understand their bills.

Hammersmith & Fulham have pledged more than £ 100m to retrofit energy efficiency in council housing, while plans to retrofit buildings to make them more energy efficient will be released to Westminster next week.

A photo of wall insulation being installed
HOT DEBATE: With rising energy prices, the benefits of wall insulation have been widely highlighted ahead of November’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow [Credit: Erik Mclean]

Elsewhere, a £ 500 million household support fund was launched last week for vulnerable households in the face of rising energy prices.

This move was cautiously welcomed by Fuel Poverty Charity National Energy Action, which has warned that many of those living in the least efficient homes have the lowest incomes.

Adam Scorer, CEO of the organization, said: “Quick emergency repairs are essential to get households struggling through this winter, but we can not lose the long-term solution to reduce energy waste in our homes.

“We have some of the least efficient homes in Europe.

“This has left Britain more exposed to the current rising gas price than many other countries, and we waste billions of pounds every year as heat escapes through leaky roofs, floors and ceilings.”

The fund comes after a £ 1.5bn program offering grants of up to £ 10,000 for energy-efficient home improvements was removed from the government’s “Build Back Better” scheme earlier this year, after just six months.

However, such changes are unlikely to be enough to convince those down on the M25 asphalt.

Now in their fourth week of disruptions, Insulate Britain has said it will continue its protest action until the government releases a meaningful statement stating that it will isolate all of Britain’s homes by 2030.

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