Haringey Liberal Democrats have made a pledge for the borough to have its own eco-house following the example set by Liberal Democrat led Camden Council and the success of eco-warrior Councillor Alexis Rowell.
The Camden eco-house is a five bedroom council property refurbished to the highest energy saving specification, including wall insulation on exposed walls, double-glazed sash windows and solar heated water and electricity.
The Camden refurbishment was wholly funded by grants and sponsorship.It is envisaged that Haringey’s eco-house would follow the same model and act as a demonstration home on the possibility of the high standard energy saving in older properties.
The measures have achieved an 80% reduction of carbon emissions and energy bills and have raised the official energy saving rating of the property from G to B, a significant accomplishment for a Victorian property. The photovoltaic solar panels are expected to produce twice as much electricity as the house will need giving the owner the opportunity make money from selling the excess electricity.
The Camden eco-house received over 1,800 visitors after its first three months of being open at weekends.
Councillor Ed Butcher, Haringey Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, said:
“The biggest saving in CO2 emissions in Haringey will come from reducing our energy consumption through insulation.
“This project would be about showing people what is possible in their homes.I have met many lots residents who are very keen to green their house but don’t think it is possible in a Victorian property.
“We are 100% committed to a greener future and as a Liberal Democrat council we would lead the way.”
Local Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone added:
“What the Liberal Democrats have accomplished in Camden is pretty impressive. It is about practical solutions that people can implement.
“When it comes to climate change a council has to do more than just council meetings and print glossy brochures.We need to help people make greener choices.”