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Work is underway for energy efficiency home improvement scheme

16 July 2015

Works to deliver energy saving External Wall Insulation (EWI) to over 200 homes across Barry is now underway.

 

The works which are part of the £19million Welsh Housing Quality Standards are being delivered by Keepmoat on behalf of the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The council-owned homes are receiving the eco-face lift which will see many of the homes improve their energy efficiency from a “D” rating to a “B”. This could mean significant cost savings to residents through their fuel bills which should see a reduction.

 

Residents could see savings of up to £260 a year through their energy bills whilst the whole scheme could save around 190 tonnes of Carbon a year; helping the Welsh Government achieve the target of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.The first phase of the EWI is expected to complete in October this year with the second phase due to complete in summer 2016. The works, which started in 2012, will see more than 3,000 council-owned properties updated with new kitchens and bathrooms, electrical rewires and heating upgrades.

 

Sebastian Lee, Site Manager for Keepmoat said: “It’s amazing the difference it’s made already, particularly to the aesthetics of the area. When winter comes, the residents will really notice the difference to the temperature inside their homes as well”Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These eco-facelifts will help greatly improve the energy efficiency of our homes. The new external cladding not only helps support the Vale of Glamorgan Council in our objective of combating fuel poverty but will also have a very direct impact on our tenants’ quality of life by reducing their energy bills.”