H&F backs Better Boilers scheme helping families save money and improve air quality

Did you know that a large portion of London’s air pollution comes not just from vehicle emissions, but from fossil fuels used in homes and businesses?

As part of its effort to become the greenest borough in the country, Hammersmith & Fulham Council is endorsing the Mayor of London’s ‘Better Boilers’ scheme that helps families on low incomes upgrade to a more efficient, low emissions boiler.

Improved boilers can use up to 20 per cent less energy and save hundreds of pounds in heating bills.

“We welcome this scheme that will help families across H&F not only keep their fuel bills down, but will greatly reduce local emissions,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“In H&F, 26 per cent of nitrogen dioxide emissions come from gas boilers alone.

“If every gas boiler was upgraded to an ultra-low NOx boiler, we could reduce this figure considerably.”

Get a more efficient boiler

Inefficient boilers may also expose some people to excess cold in the winter if they are unable to afford the heating costs or to upgrade their boilers. Recent statistics indicate that 10.7 per cent of households in the borough are living in fuel poverty.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) says that replacing one inefficient boiler can save enough energy to power a fridge-freezer for 17 years and save 1.5 tons of CO2.

The GLA’s Better Boilers scheme replaces or repairs inefficient or broken boilers for homeowners on benefits, such as pension credit.

The closing date to apply for the scheme is 31 August 2017.

To apply or for more information visit the website.

If you don’t qualify for the Better Boilers scheme, there are still ways you can reduce your fuel costs and be more energy efficient around the house. Visit our Healthier Homes page for more information.

Have your say on our air quality plan

In H&F, we’ve drafted an updated plan to improve local air quality and we’d like your feedback.

Let us know if you think we’re prioritising the right things, or anything more we could be doing by taking part in our consultation before 31 October 2017.