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|Title:||Council Project Aims To Insulate Against High Energy Bills|
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THOUSANDS of residents in Doncaster are set for a warmer winter thanks to an innovative project to make homes more energy efficient.
Two thousand homes in the last 12 months have received new insulation in a Council scheme to help residents save cash on energy bills – and bring a boost to the environment.
The works are set to cut the average annual gas bill for those homes by 30-40 per cent as a result, saving them around £400 per year on average.
This represents a total saving across Doncaster residents that have received the insulation of around £800,000 per year, set to increase the disposable income of residents and alleviate fuel poverty.
The works on privately owned and rented properties are funded by energy companies but orchestrated by Doncaster Council and are also set to boost the environment – reducing CO2 output from the homes by 36 tonnes per home over a 20 year period.
Councillor Christine Mills, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste at Doncaster Council said: ‘We are constantly exploring new ways to help bring down residents’ energy bills and help them keep their homes warm and cosy – and reduce CO2 emissions into the environment.
‘Between June 2012 and July 2013 we started facilitating a scheme to install solid wall insulation in 2000 privately owned or rented Doncaster properties – and including 200 boiler replacements.
‘The beauty of this project, which has created 16 new jobs and safeguarded 43, is that no Doncaster Council money has been spent on the works – they have been fully funded by Energy Company Obligation Grants, using money that the Government has required energy companies make available for energy efficient measures.
‘The insulation is being installed by a number of local contractors, most of who are based in Doncaster itself and hire a number of local employees. ‘
Residents do not have to get in touch with the Council to apply. When the scheme is coming to an area, residents will receive a letter and a council officer will go to their doors to sign them up.
The process sees solid wall insulation being installed on properties that are unable to have cavity wall insulation.
Funding is currently available just for semi-detached properties with solid walls, terraces cannot be fully funded at the moment. The works also renovate the external appearance of a house, making them look as good as new.
Over the last ten years, the Council brought in over £40m of external funding to assist residents and tenants with energy efficient housing improvements.
Residents Sharon Jones, 49, and Caroline Strutt, 51, both of Victoria Road, Bentley, have benefited from the work.
Sharon said: ‘The work has been brilliant. Not only does the home look a lot better but I am also looking forward to benefiting from lower winter bills. Even though it is not cold outside yet I can already feel the benefit of a warmer house.’
Caroline, who lives further down the road, said: ‘I really recommend other people getting their homes insulated if they can. It’s an excellent project – will cut my bills and it’s good for the environment!’
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