Council's energy saving work set to save social tenants £thousands
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Environment, Finance, Housing
City West Homes receives HCA funding to improve insulation in 1,500 homes
Tenants of Sandwell Council are set to collectively save over £38,000 year-on-year following the installation of energy saving features to properties by Wates Living Space.
The installation of external wall insulation to 74 homes, with twelve also receiving loft insulation, will save tenants up to £519.00 per year per property, equating to carbon savings of 9,500 tonnes.
The work was completed via funding secured through the community energy savings programme, which was introduced by the government to reduce the UK’s energy consumption. It requires utility companies to pay for improvements to property energy efficiency standards.
Councillor Mahboob Hussain, the council's cabinet member for town and neighbourhood services, said: "This is an excellent programme which will save households money on their energy bills for years to come. This is a great time for tenants to have the work done before the cold weather is upon us."
Stewart Reid, Wates' business director, said: “It is incredibly rewarding to complete a project that will not only reduce carbon emissions but is set to ease the financial pressure on Council tenants during times of economic uncertainty. Our partnership with Sandwell Council has delivered a collection of energy-efficient homes, improved the performance of council housing stock and will ultimately keep their residents warm for less.”