Tenants warmed quickly to our energy programme
In 2013, more than 3,900 of our homes across Plymouth were made warmer and more energy efficient as a result of external wall insulation we fitted. We started out on the ambitious programme by securing funding from the Government’s Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) to help subsidise improvements to around 250 homes in Efford, making them more energy efficient.
The CESP scheme was set up to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel bills in low-income areas. It was run by the ‘Big Six’ energy companies – and one of them, British Gas, approached us to see if we wanted to upgrade our homes.
The 12-month programme, carried out by the energy firm and Tru-Clad, included external cladding. Homes were finished with a colour render, with tenants choosing from five colours. There was also new front and rear doors, window sills, canopies over the front doors and renewed waste pipes and soil vent pipes. Some properties received new boilers and heating systems.
Owner occupiers also got the opportunity to have the work done at a discounted rate. We then went on to install external wall insulation on thousands of other homes around the city. The programme – the largest of its kind in the UK – reduced fuel poverty for occupants and improved the appearance of many neighbourhoods.