Home insulation creating sustainable homes in Salford
Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Housing
Harriet Reed-Goodehall celebrates with Mark Telford, Team Manager at City West Works, after slashing her fuel bills.
Residents in West Salford are set to save up to £250 a year on their energy bills thanks to new insulation being installed by theirlandlordCityWest Housing Trust.
Operatives at City West Works, the housing trust’s repairs and maintenance team, have been trained to install external wall insulation and recently completed work on the first of many homes to benefit from the new system.
Single mum Harriet Reed-Goodehall, 25, who has lived at her home in Worsley for seventeen months, said: “I was putting nearly £40 a week on my card to heat the house in the bad weather but since the work has been done I’m paying around £20 a week.
“I used to have to heat the house constantly but I can now turn the heating off before we go to bed and the house is still warm when we get up in the morning.
“Everyone at City West has been fantastic and I can’t fault their attitude and workmanship.”
The materials for the installation were provided free of charge by Hanson Structherm who have provided insulated render systems as part of City West’s £235 million investment programme.
The 90mm thick Enhanced Polystyrene (EPS) not only cuts energy bills but reduces carbon emissions from a home from 1,419kg to 964kg a year.
Nigel Sedman, Assistant Director of Investment and Regeneration from City West said: “We want to go the extra mile to ensure that the improvements we make to our homes will be sustainable and offer value for money for our customers.
“We’re delighted to hear Harriet is saving around 50% on her energy bills already and we plan to help as many customers as possible through this approach.
“We are committed to tackling fuel poverty and cutting our carbon emissions and this insulation programme is part of our wider green agenda. We are now working to identify many more properties that can benefit from this work.”
Six City West operatives have been trained to install the systems meaning City West do not have to pay for an external contractor.
A further six operatives will be trained through City West’s “train the trainer” scheme in which accredited City West operatives pass on their skills to colleagues.