Up to 2,500 homes could benefit from new energy saving measures being rolled out by Northampton Borough Council and E.ON, as part of a plan to cut hundreds of pounds off fuel bills.
So far E.ON’s contractors have installed new solar panels to 71 homes. Lovell and FHM, the Council’s contractors, have also carried out the window improvement works, installing A-rated windows to homes in the qualifying areas located in Billing, Castle, Eastfield, Lumbertubs, St James and Spencer.
Other energy saving measures which have been installed include external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, new boilers, thermostatic radiator valves, draft proofing and loft insulation.
Councillor Mary Markham, cabinet member for housing said: “Working with E.ON we have been able to help 2,500 households, many of which might be living in fuel poverty. These improvements will make a real difference to people’s lives; properties will be warmer and energy bills lower.”
Jon Kirby, energy efficiency manager at E.ON said: “We’re committed to getting homes energy fit and this is a great example of councils, communities and companies getting together to help people lower their bills and reduce our effect on the planet.
“By tackling whole communities in such a way we can really start to make a difference and build energy efficiency into our everyday lives.”
Tenant Rachael Chaplin, who received external wall insulation and new double glazing, said: “We are really pleased, absolutely no complaints. I was originally a bit sceptical about losing the red brick appearance of the house, but once finished it looks fantastic and it is so much warmer.”
The work has been funded by E.ON as part of the national Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and targets low income families, many of which are living in fuel poverty. The scheme was created in September 2009 to give whole-house energy makeovers to 90,000 hard-to-treat homes across England, Wales and Scotland.