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Housing providers urged to bid for share of energy funds

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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Social landlords are being urged to apply for a share of a £685,000 fund to install energy efficiency measures in housing across the South West.

Organisation Ready for Retrofit is releasing the funds to support the installation of schemes to improve the energy efficiency of social housing, as well as supporting local supply chains.

Social housing providers across the South West (apart from Cornwall) have until 19 March to apply for funds, and all schemes must be finished by the end of October.

Jon Rattenbury, Ready for Retrofit manager, said: “Retrofitting energy efficiency measures is essential to improve the environmental efficiency of social housing. Measures installed with funding from Ready for Retrofit so far include external wall insulation, air source heat pumps, mechanical heat recovery ventilation, heating upgrades, floor insulation and efficient glazing and doors.

“As well as reducing costs for tenants and lowering the community carbon footprint, we also want to support local businesses that supply these services. The South West has such a strong reputation for renewable energy development that we see efficiency, retrofit and micro-generation as a natural part of this burgeoning sector.”

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