500 Staffordshire Homes To Receive Free External Wall Insulation

4 December 2013

Hundreds of homes in Burton upon Trent are set to benefit from free External Wall Insulation thanks to a new scheme being introduced.

500 homes in the Staffordshire town have been earmarked for the energy-saving treatment that will be provided by social housing provider, Trent and Dove Housing, and energy supplier, E.ON.

It is hoped that the External Wall Insulation will be fitted before the end of December.

The new scheme comes as part of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation, which has been devised to help improve the energy efficiency of some of the nation’s poorest households.

Under the Energy Company Obligation households living in or most at risk from fuel poverty can make energy saving home improvements to help reduce the cost of energy bills. Measures available as a part of the initiative include Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, and External Wall Insulation.

The cost of these improvements is covered in full or in part by a non-repayable grant.

The scheme has resulted in Trent and Dove Housing making plans to improve social housing properties in Burton.

“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,” said Steve Grocock, director of property services at Trent and Dove Housing.

“[This includes] 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.”

It is estimated that households fitting External Wall Insulation can save up to £350 on their fuel bill.

The scheme follows on from 2012’s Community Energy Saving Programme which saw more than 400 homes in the town benefit from energy saving measures, including External Wall Insulation.

Trent and Dove Housing has focused on identifying Victorian houses built between World War I and World War II, with terraced and semi-detached properties being the most likely to require External Wall Insulation. Other properties may benefit from Cavity Wall Insulation.

Private tenants and homeowners in and around Burton can also apply for assistance from the Energy Company Obligation as well as the Green Deal, a national Government scheme that provides a low-interest loan to pay for energy efficient home improvements.

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