Revealed: London’s Worst Boroughs for Energy Efficiency as Bills Rise

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According to a new analysis, households in outlying London are likely to see higher energy bills than those in inland London due to poor energy efficiency.

With bills set to rise from April 1 when a 54 percent energy price cap goes into effect, Trust for London has published an analysis of London’s domestic energy performance certificates between 2008 and 2021.

Energy performance certificates provide an assessment of the overall energy efficiency of a home to give potential buyers or tenants an estimate of how much it would cost to operate a home. The ratings are divided into seven bands, from A to G, with A representing the most efficient homes and G the least efficient.

Trust for London’s analysis has shown that homes in the suburbs of London are on average much less energy efficient than those in inner-city London, meaning households may have to pay more in energy bills.

Homes in Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames had the lowest average energy efficiency ratings in Greater London with average ratings of 62.0477 and 62.0974 respectively, placing them in Low Band D.

Other London suburbs, including Croydon, Havering, Enfield and Harrow, also had a low band D energy rating, meaning bills are likely to be higher.

The best performing municipality in terms of household energy efficiency was Tower Hamlets, where houses have an average energy efficiency score of 73.4780, which is High Band C. Southwark, Greenwich and Hackney all fall in the Low Band C range.

According to the analysis, the trend is likely due to the fact that housing in the suburbs of London is older and therefore less well insulated. The districts that performed best were the districts that were “new construction heavy”.

Trust for London also said city centers are likely to score better on energy efficiency, as their higher population density means they are more dominated by flats, which benefit from “natural insulation”, including surrounding properties and modern design.

The only outliers are Kensington and Chelsea, which, despite being a central London borough, scored a low band D for average energy efficiency.

As the energy price cap rises from Friday, many households will feel the sticking point as the cost of living crisis worsens.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Friday that Londoners facing financial difficulties will have access to practical advice and support from a new cost-of-living center at City Hall.

Mr Khan said: “I am deeply concerned about the impact the rising cost of living is having on Londoners. Raising the energy price cap poses a major challenge, especially for those on lower incomes whose energy bills are likely to make up a larger proportion of their spending.

“There is a clear and urgent need for Londoners to have access to practical financial advice that can help them get through this difficult period. I hope anyone struggling will find the new Cost of Living Hub as a helpful resource.”

The hub will direct Londoners to all the support they may be eligible for, such as pension credit for the elderly or disability benefits for people with disabilities. It will also provide advice on debt management and mental health care.

Those on low incomes who either rent privately or own their own home may be eligible for support from the Mayor’s Warmer Homes Programme, which provides grants between £5,000 and £25,000 to improve heating and ventilation.

Successful applicants can receive support in installing heat pumps, insulation or repairs to their heating system, all of which can improve a home’s energy efficiency and reduce bills.

Details of the Warmer Homes program are available online or at the cost of living hub.

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