16:28 Wednesday 04 December 2013

Households benefit from wall insulation scheme

Written byMARK MCKAY

04/12/13 Trent Dove insulation housingTrent and Dove houses on Harper Avenue that have had insulation/render applied.. 04/12/13 Trent Dove insulation housingTrent and Dove houses on Harper Avenue that have had insulation/render applied..

HUNDREDS of vulnerable families will be a little warmer this winter thanks to a major insulation project from a social housing provider.

Burton’s largest social housing provider Trent and Dove Housing aims to have fitted external wall insulation to 500 homes in the town later this month.

The provider has worked in partnership with energy firm E.ON to fit solid-walled properties with a silicon render coat.

It is hoped it will save families up to £350 from their annual energy bill.

Steve Grocock, director of property services at Trent and Dove Housing, said homes in Harper Avenue and Richmond Street have benefited from the scheme.

He said: “Our partnership with E.ON has provided us with means to finance energy efficiency measures for our tenant’s homes, some of whom are the most vulnerable and needy amongst us; such as those on low, or very low incomes and pensioners.

“For them, this external wall insulation could be the thing that prevents them from having to make the difficult choice between heating or eating this winter.

“Feedback from tenants has been extremely positive with many householders remarking on how much warmer their homes feel and how the external render has also enhanced their properties ‘curb appeal’ and improved the street scene in general.”

Work first started in December 2012 on 22 homes after Trent and Dove Housing received funding from the Government’s community energy saving programme.

The programme targeted UK households in areas of low income with grants and funding to improve energy efficiency standards.

Since then, another work has been completed on another 425 homes while work on 500 homes should be completed by the end of 2013.

Mr Grocock added: “Either Victorian terraces or semi detached properties built between the wars; these homes have often proved hard to heat for our tenants.

“We recognised that with the cost of gas and electricity consistently increasing over the past few years at a rate often unmatched by our tenant’s salaries, we were keen to address the issue of fuel poverty.”

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