Energy upgrade cuts bills for Northampton residents

An £8.5m home improvement programme has made over 200 properties in Kingsthorpe and Kingsthorpe Hollow warmer, more energy efficient and cheaper to run.
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Energy and regeneration specialist Equans partnered with Northamptonshire Partnership Homes (NPH) to improve the socially rented houses and flats, making them easier to heat and reducing residents’ energy bills by up to £400 per year.

Improvements have included adding new external wall insulation, loft insulation and new double-glazed windows and doors – all helping to keep the homes warmer for longer.

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Before work was carried out, the properties had Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings as low as F, but now have ratings of at least C.

Equans and NPH's project team with resident Lynda BaldwinEquans and NPH's project team with resident Lynda Baldwin
Equans and NPH's project team with resident Lynda Baldwin

Ventilation has also been improved with newly-installed mechanical systems, allowing air to flow continuously through the homes and helping to reduce the likelihood of condensation and damp.

The homes are also visibly transformed with a smart, modern white render in place to protect the new insulation.

The project was part-funded by a wave of grants from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, which aims to upgrade the energy efficiency of the country’s worst performing social housing. The amount of carbon emitted from the properties is expected to fall by up to 70%.

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Lynda Baldwin has lived in her flat on Bunting Road in Kingsthorpe Hollow for over 20 years, she said: “Before the work was done to my home, I was using a 15kg gas bottle costing £65, which would only heat my small flat for a few weeks, because I simply couldn’t afford the energy bills.

Aerial view reveals the newly refurbished homesAerial view reveals the newly refurbished homes
Aerial view reveals the newly refurbished homes

“Now the work has been done, I am now able to wear a t-shirt instead of a thick cardigan and scarf around the flat.

“I feel comfortable putting the heating on for 15-20 minutes, because I now know my flat will retain its heat better than ever – it’s brilliant!”

Martin Ardron, Operations Director at Equans, commented: “The impact of this project is clear to see. Not only has it drastically enhanced the visual appearance of the area, it has also had a great impact on quality of life for residents – reducing their energy bills at a time when costs are high and creating a more comfortable home.

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“The improvement work is also expected to cut the homes’ carbon emissions by up to 70% - a fantastic result for the local environment.”

Winston Williams, Director of Asset Management, commented: “It’s vital to any project of this scale, that we work with delivery partners who share the same values as NPH. Equans has helped to ensure the success in delivering results that make a difference to the lives of NPH residents. So we’re delighted to see the positive impact our retrofit programme has had in the homes of our residents.”

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