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SNH gives homes ‘eco makover’

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Published by Mark Sibson for Grand Union Housing Group in Housing

The homes in Kings Sutton after their ‘eco makeover’. The homes in Kings Sutton after their ‘eco makeover’.

Local housing provider South Northants Homes (SNH) is finishing the first phase of an extensive £2.6 million programme to improve the insulation in over 100 of its properties.

Over 45 homes in Kings Sutton are the first properties completed as part of SNH’s continued effort to help customers address the high cost of heating their homes.

The work, which has seen structural repairs being made to homes,followed by external walls being clad and rendered in special insulating materialand all external doors and windows replaced, seems to be making a difference already, with some customers commenting that their homes are quieter, warmer and less draughty.

Joan Stebbings, who has lived in her home in Dairy Ground, Kings Sutton for 27 years, is looking forward, with her partner Stephen Hewins, to lower gas bills thanks to the works.

Stephen said: “We definitely don’t have to put the heating on as much, even now the weather has been cold. It’s fantastic and has been really worth it.”

The non-traditionally built Reema Properties in Kings Sutton are just the start of the programme, with others in Middleton Cheney, Syresham and Greatworth set to get the same ‘eco makeover’.

Doug Grace, SNH’s Assistant DirectorProperty Services, said; “The workwhich has been undertaken on these homes is extremely beneficial. Not only do they now look fantastic, but we have also given them a new lease of life with the structural repairs, as well as having a high level of insulation and ‘A’-rated windows and doors.

“We understand that at the moment fuel poverty can be a real issue for some and hopefully this programme will be able to help these customers to drastically reduce their energy bills.”

It is envisaged that the reduced energy consumption could provide customers with savings of between £200 and £300 per year.

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