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ECO funding helps RHP customers to save on fuel bills

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Published by Eddie for Richmond Housing Partnership Limited in Housing and also in Communities, Environment

RHP office, Teddington RHP office, Teddington

London housing association RHP is working with partners Lakehouse and Everwarm to help make energy bills more affordable for their customers in Richmond and Hounslow.

According to the Energy Savings Trust, half of the heat in your home can be lost through un-insulated walls. With insulation, homes will stay heated for longer and customers could save up to £140 per year*.

Funding is currently available through the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Scheme to help improve Cavity Wall and External Wall insulation in up to 800 RHP homes. This work is completely free for customers and RHP as long as the works are completed by March 2014.

The project is one of the first fully ECO-funded major retrofit schemes since the review of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) in late 2013. RHP, Lakehouse and Everwarm have worked together to kick-start the project without delay so that customers benefit from warmer homes and reduced energy bills as early as possible.

Gavin Rendall, Head of Asset Services at RHP, says: “We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers substantial help with their bills in the long term. This project shows that with strong collaboration, it is possible to deliver an ambitious and cost-effective model which will bring long-term benefits to both customers and our organisation.”

Simon Green, head of sustainability at Lakehouse, says: “In the current climate for ECO funding, it’s not easy to navigate the subsidies available and provide the assurances that housing providers need to give significant sustainability projects the green light.  To get this project off the ground, a forward-looking and ambitious approach has been essential. In an uncertain market, this means that RHP customers can benefit from high-quality energy saving improvements as soon as possible.”

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