Eco-improvements deliver energy efficient homes for residents
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
A happy resident in Quinton with Keepmoat’s Tenant Liaison Officers, Teresa Allen and Jacquelyn Evans
Quinton and Bartley Green residents are benefiting from warmer, more energy efficient homes this winter after housing and regeneration specialists, Keepmoat carried out free eco-makeovers to hundreds of local properties.
Birmingham City Council and Keepmoat are about to complete a three-month programme of works on 241 homes through the Government’s Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).
Householders have been able to take advantage of up to £10,000 worth of free energy saving improvements under the scheme, including loft and cavity wall insulation, draft proofing and new, more efficient, gas boilers.
The £2.6 million project has significantly reduced the carbon footprint of the city’s council housing stock - and is helping residents to keep warm and save money on their energy bills.
Quinton resident Mr Najjari, who lives on Barmwood Roadwith his wife and two children, says he is delighted with the improvements carried out to his property.
“The work was carried out in September and the team from Keepmoat did a really great job. They were quick, clean and efficient and got the whole thing done in under three weeks with minimum disruption.
“I’m over the moon with what they have done. It’s made such a big difference to the family and to our home. It’s been incredibly cold outside in the last few weeks but it’s been warm and toasty inside. We use a top up card to pay for our gas and I have noticed we are spending much less each week than we were last winter. And given it seems colder outside this year - that’s even more impressive! The new boiler is much more efficient and the house is definitely losing less heat and is not as drafty.”
“I’d like to say a big thank you to Keepmoat for carrying out these improvements; this is a fantastic scheme. And there really is no catch - it is all done for free.”
A major programme of consultation and resident liaison was carried out by Keepmoat to inform local people about the scheme and encourage take up of the free grants. Keepmoat worked closely with nearby Haven Community Project to raise awareness about the CESP, holding consultation and information events in the Haven Centre on the Welsh Farm Estate.
Community Development worker Simon Jay who works at the project said: “The Community Energy Saving Programme has been brilliant for this part of Birmingham. It’s made such a difference to people’s homes and they are really enjoying the benefits now the cold weather has kicked in. It was a massive undertaking but Keepmoat have done a quick and efficient job to a very high standard.”
Neil Baxter, Regional Director from Keepmoat said: “This work has transformed the energy efficiency and thermal standards of a significant proportion of the social housing stock in these areas. People’s homes are warmer, cost less to heat and have less impact on the environment. It’s a hugely worthwhile investment which brings benefits on so many levels.”
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart city at Birmingham City Council, said: “Working with Keepmoat on this project has been a very successful partnership. The end result is better homes for hundreds of our residents - homes which make less contribution to climate change, are warmer for people to live in and enjoy reduced energy bills.”