Leicester Mercury

Energy efficiency of council housing improved


MORE than 50 of a district’s least energy efficient council homes will get a revamp thanks to £700,000 of funding.

North West Leicesters­hire District Council’s successful bid to the Government’s Green Homes scheme has secured £264,000 to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households.

The council has also contribute­d £437,000 as part of its commitment to help reduce fuel poverty, phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating, and deliver progress towards the government and its own carbon reduction goals.

The funding will allow 56 council homes to reach a minimum energy efficiency EPC rating of C, through the installati­on of insulation, air source heat pump heating systems and solar panels.

All these homes currently have an EPC rating of E or F and are therefore the worst performing among the council’s stock of homes.

Work is likely to begin this month with the upgrade work completed in all the 56 homes by September.

Councillor Roger Bayliss, portfolio holder for housing at the council, said: “We’re always looking for opportunit­ies to improve the lives of our tenants and take the next steps on our zero carbon journey.

“This funding is a huge boost to both of those aims. This is also about us setting the right example to our residents and businesses.

“We’re taking the lead on our zero carbon journey as a district and we want everyone to come with us.

“The boost this will bring to 56 families cannot be understate­d either as they enjoy these significan­t improvemen­ts and reduce their energy bills as a result.”

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