£1.5m for Energy Saving at Coast & Country
Coast & Country is giving tenants’ homes a green MOT to make them more energy efficient and cheaper to run thanks to £1.5m from EDF Energy through the Community Energy Saving Programme.
The project will help save energy and cut heating costs in 271 properties on the Spencerbeck and Normanby estates in Middlesbrough.
One of the largest regeneration and housing companies in the North East, Coast & Country will spend the money on external wall insulation, along with boiler replacements, loft installation top ups, radiator control valves and cavity wall insulation, where appropriate.
The insulation, which should make homes cosier, more comfortable and more energy efficient, will save tenants a significant amount of money on their heating bills. A three bedroom semi-detached home could save up to £475 a year on heating bills, as well as reducing emissions by 1.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The Community Energy Saving Programme has also been open to eligible private homes in the area and has seen a good take up of the scheme.
Anne Smart, 77, of Oakley Walk, Bankfields, has recently had external wall insulation installed.
Having lived in her home for 16 years, Mrs Smart said: “The insulation has made a world of difference to the house. It’s so much cosier now, and I’ve already noticed how much it has lowered my heating bill.
“A little saving can really help, and it’s an added bonus that it’s helping the environment.”
Anthony Brown, Director of Property & Assets at Coast & Country, said: “Coast & Country is passionate about supporting eco initiatives, which is why we have become involved in this exciting project.
“Not only will it benefit the environment, but it will help residents save money and make their homes warmer and easier to heat.
“This is, hopefully, just the start and the intention is to roll this programme out to other areas in the future.”
John Szymik, Energy Efficiency Project Manager at EDF Energy, said: “We’re delighted that hundreds of households in Teesside will benefit from our funding. This is about helping to make it easier to heat homes, lowering people’s energy costs and cutting carbon emissions.
“As an energy company we are constantly striving for low carbon solutions, be it improving energy efficiency, investing in renewable energy or in nuclear – all of which we have in the North East. It’s also home to our largest office site, so we’re really pleased to be working in the community with Coast & Country on this exciting project.”
The work is being carried out by Tru-Clad building construction contractors.
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