Council homes to get energy efficiency measures

Over 300 council homes in Dudley are to benefit from a £1.4 million scheme from energy company E.ON to help them with energy efficiency.

Work has started on first of the 314 homes owned by Dudley Borough Council, which will receive a range of energy saving measures such as solid wall and loft insulation, draught proofing and new 'A' rated boilers.

The work is being carried out under the Government's Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and could save each home more than £600 a year on their energy costs.

Under CESP, more than £350 million will be invested by energy companies in the next three years. The scheme was created in September 2009 to give whole-house energy makeovers to 90,000 hard-to-treat homes across England, Wales and Scotland.

E.ON's CESP manager Jon Kirby, said: "We're committed to getting homes 'energy fit' and this is a great example of councils, communities and companies getting together to help people lower their bills and reduce our effect on the planet.

"We hope this is the first of a number of similar schemes we will be working on in the area. By tackling whole communities in such a way we can really start to make a difference and build energy efficiency into our everyday lives.

"And it's not just these homes benefiting from the investment; private homeowners can also take advantage of reduced rates on similar energy efficiency measures."

An information evening in Pensnett was held to explain to local residents the benefits of the renovations and what they will involve.

Dudley South MP Chris Kelly said: "It's fantastic that the people of Dudley will benefit from this E.ON scheme to help them heat their homes efficiently and affordably.

"It will save many of our residents hundreds of pounds on their bills - which is especially important now winter is nearly upon us.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the end result of this investment."

Work will continue into the New Year on the other designated homes. Alison Brown



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