Council insulation project to warm up 500 West Sussex homes
A new energy-saving project will enable hundreds of people in West Sussex to enjoy warmer homes and reduced heating bills, The Littlehampton Gazettereports.
A partnership between Arun District Council and EDF Energy means that 520 homes in Wick will receive external cladding to insulate them against the cold weather.
Helping residents’ reduce fuel bills
The homes, which are a combination of council and privately-owned properties, were constructed without wall cavities – which would usually be filled. The alternative solution should save residents up to £150 each year.
Commenting on the scheme, councillor Roger Elkins said:
“The added insulation will dramatically change the look of the area, but most importantly will help keep the heat in people’s homes for longer, helping to reduce residents’ fuel bills keeping their homes warm and healthy long into the future.”
Energy efficiency of these homes will be brought right up to date
The work will comprise the removal of existing hanging tiles or PVC cladding, followed by the application of external insulation – which will then be covered by rendering. Loft insulation will also be brought up to date.
The partnership runs in conjunction with another initiative that Arun District Council is running – to spend a £617,800 government grant on providing energy-saving advice and making improvements to other homes outside Wick.
Benefits from the initiative
In a race to spend the money, the council is urging anyone who thinks they may benefit to get in touch. Cllr Elkins told the Bognor Regis Observer
“Let’s try to do what we can to reach the maximum number of residents within our district. It’s a short timescale and I want as many people as possible to benefit from this initiative.”