Contour Homes tenants save money in tower block refurbishment
Published by Chenoa Parr for Symphony Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
L - R Martin Caughlin, Janice Thompson and Stephanie Wilkinson
Contour Homes is helping its tenants save more than £74,000 on their electricity bills - thanks to a ‘green’ refurbishment of three tower blocks.
Contour has teamed up with Scottish Southern Energy to transform 186 flats on the Avenham estate, Preston, into ultra-energy efficient homes.
The £1.8m upgrade – which includes external insulation, new double glazing and state-of-the art biomass boilers providing constant hot water and central heating - will mean hundreds of tenants are set for a 40% drop in their electricity bills.
Residents could see, on average, a saving of between £300 and £400 on their annual bills – resulting in a £74,000 saving across the three 10-storey tower blocks.
Tenant Martin Caughlin said: “I already notice the difference since the double glazing has been put in – it’s so much quieter. When you’re on benefits having a potential saving of up to £400 on your bills every year is great.”
Janice Thompson, from Contour Homes, said: “This is a great project because it’s all about helping our tenants save money on their utility bills.
“We’ve had a really good response from most of our tenants who’ve been used to immersion and storage heaters which can be expensive to run.
“By the end of the year these residents will be living in environmentally-friendly, warm and energy efficient flats. They will feel the benefit of that in their pockets too – when their electricity bills are reduced year round and year after year.”
The refurbishment is funded by the government’s Community Energy Saving Programme, via Scottish Southern Energy, which aims to reduce the fuel bills of low income homes and reduce their carbon footprint.
The six-month project will see the three tower blocks – containing 62 one, two and three-bedroom flats each - fitted with double-glazed windows and new enclosed balconies.
Each of the tower blocks will have a layer of insulation inserted behind its external cladding to stop heat escaping.
Tenants will also benefit from instant hot water and on-demand central heating thanks to bio-mass boilers fuelled by wood pellets from sustainable sources.
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