Friday, 6 December 2013

Grant Helps Heat Things Up In Homes

Almost £100,000 has been secured to invest in some of the latest renewable energy generating technology in Council-owned properties.

The grant awarded to South Cambridgeshire District Council by the Energy Saving Trust will mean 18 air source heat pumps and the same number of solar thermal devices to heat water will be installed before the end of June next year.

The Council is already reinvesting rent collected from tenants to keep homes warmer and external cladding has been added to over 120 properties that have solid walls in areas that are mostly off the mains gas.

Air source heat pumps and other renewable heating technologies already installed in homes have helped cut energy bills for tenants and the additional £99,000 now secured will increase the number of homes these can be installed in.

An air source heat pump works like a back-to-front fridge by drawing in cold air from the outside, warming it, and then pumping it back out.

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This funding is a real boost for our tenants and supplements the multi-million pound programme we are already carrying out on homes. Protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the area from fuel poverty by cutting bills is really important to us and we will continue to set the example as a first class landlord.”