E.ON delivers energy savings to Midlands communities

Published on Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:34
Posted by Scott Buckler

E.ON Sustainable Energy today announced a trio of residential energy schemes at communities in Leicester, Wolverhampton and Dudley, as part of its Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) commitments

The move, which sees E.ON working with local councils in each area, will benefit over 1,500 homes in the Midlands region, helping councils and housing authorities reduce energy, access funds and benefit from low carbon technologies.

The largest of the three schemes will help a total of 790 social tenants and 250 private homeowners in Leicester. Solar PV installations have been fitted to 400 homes, generating 40,000kwh of energy and saving residents around £120 on their energy bills per year1. Further carbon reductions will be made through a range of measures including newly fitted insulation and residents can get assistance from a dedicated on-site community liaison officer.

A £1.4m programme of improvements to homes in Dudley has been implemented by E.ON as part of a drive to improve efficiency standards and reduce fuel bills for council tenants. This includes replacing G-rated boilers with new A-rated boilers and installing external wall insulation to all 211 properties. Significant glazing upgrades have also been made, alongside additional loft insulation where required in the community. The measures will reduce carbon emissions and save as much as £4762 per year for local families.

The third scheme, based on £6m of funding centred on the St Chads area of Wolverhampton, will see 300 homes receive solar PV panels, allowing residents of both private and council properties to generate their own power. This follows the fitting of solid wall insulation to make the homes more energy efficient.

Thomas Buss, Head of Microgeneration at E.ON, said: "We're thrilled to announce the latest of our residential energy schemes which will benefit a large number of homes across the Midlands region. We work very closely with councils throughout the country to fund and deliver community energy programmes in areas that are in most need of assistance, making significant carbon savings and reducing energy bills for local households.

"Our work with councils and local housing authorities in Leicester, Dudley and Wolverhampton will help families to lead more sustainable lives whilst contributing to a lower carbon footprint for each area."

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "We are delighted to enter into this partnership scheme that will help some of the poorest people in our city. These improvements will help provide residents with warmer homes, cheaper fuel bills during the tough economic climate and assist us in achieving our targets for cutting carbon emissions.

"It is also an excellent example of partnership working between the public and private sectors for the benefit of Wolverhampton people."

Source: ©EON

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