WE have begun upgrading the external wall insulation of over 150 homes in Chelmsford – meaning residents could save up to £490* on their annual energy bill.
As part of the Department for Energy and Climate Change‘sEnergy Company Obligation,the insulation work – equating to a value of £1.4 million to insulate all 157 homes - will cost us approximately 10% of the total due to the funding and grants available.
The Energy Company Obligation aims to provide energy saving measures to over 4,500 homes in low income areas throughout the UK.
The properties in Ockelford, West and North Avenues and The Green - part of Chelmsford’s Marconi Ward - will receive the upgrade as many of the properties have solid brick walls having being built prior to 1930.
The insulation upgrades will create more energy efficient properties for tenants. Residents living in a three-bedroom home could see their Standard Assessment Procedure** energy rating change from 58 to 70 - which could save them £490 on their fuel bill*.
Working with contractor, Aran Services Limited, the upgrades are expected to take up to six months to complete.
Elaine Gibbs, Energy Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help our residents in the Marconi ward lower their energy bill and to be working with our contractors, Aran Services Ltd.
“We believe in making all of our homes as energy efficient as possible – which is especially important due to rising fuel costs.”
Kaz Morris, Aran Services Managing Director, added: “Not only does solid wall insulation help stop heat loss and lower fuel bills, it also revitalises the external appearance of the property. By having access to Community Energy Saving Programme and ECO funding means a great opportunity for us to raise the thermal efficiency of these older style properties.”
Aran Services will also be planting some trees at the end of the project on The Green where its communal site visitor centre is located, helping reduce Co2emissions.
Throughout the project there has also been positive feedback from members of the community.
ResidentHayley O'Sullivansaid “I have found everyone that I've encountered at Aran Services to be very helpful and highly professional, the works are still ongoing but up to this point I can see that the standards of workmanship are high. As a professional working in the construction industry, this is something that I don't take for granted.”
The amount a resident can save on their energy bill is dependent on their annual energy usage, annual fuel savings are quoted from the Energy Saving Trust.
**Standard Assessment Procedure rating
The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) methodology for assessing and comparing the energy and environmental performance of properties. Its purpose is to provide an accurate and reliable assessment of dwelling energy performances that are needed to underpin energy and environmental policy initiatives.
SAP works by assessing how much energy a dwelling will consume and how much carbon dioxide (CO2) will be emitted in delivering a defined level of comfort and service provision, based on standardised occupancy conditions. This enables a like for like comparison of dwelling performance.
Published: 13th March 2013