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37 Barking and Dagenham tower blocks set for fuel bill savings

PUBLISHED: 10:34 10 June 2015

An abseiler installs a cavity wall insulation

An abseiler installs a cavity wall insulation

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Up to 820 flats across the borough could see their fuel bills slashed with the installation of £500,000 worth of insulation.

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low carbon energy, will install wall cavity insulation in 37 tower blocks by autumn this year, including Parkside and Thaxted House in Dagenham, saving an estimated 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The French utility company is partnering with Essex-based Avalon Sustainable Energy Solutions, a specialist cavity wall insulation contractor who employ abseilers to carry out the works.

Part of a London-wide scheme, the borough improvements have been three years in the planning.

Barking and Dagenham Council energy efficiency officer Ieman Barmarki said: “We are happy to be rolling out another batch of insulation works to residents in wards affected by fuel poverty with Avalon.

“In the current economic climate it is vital to be able to drive down access cost to enable more targeted measures to be delivered, helping the council save money and benefit its residents in one go.”

EDF Energy’s partnership with Avalon is part of the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – an initiative designed to help people in low-income areas save energy, thereby saving carbon and money on their energy bills.

By using Avalon’s team of specialist abseilers, the project length has been reduced and achieved significant cost savings as there is no requirement for scaffolding.

Eric Salomon, energy field services director at EDF Energy, said: “This project will make a significant difference to the lives of local residents, who will benefit from lower fuel bills and much warmer homes. “We are proud that we are able fund improvements for Avalon’s installation team to help people living in cold and hard to treat flats.”


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