Homes across Devon will benefit from £725k energy efficiency improvements thanks to an alliance of the Energy Saving Trust (EST) through its ‘Ready for Retrofit programme’ and housing provider DCH.
The improvements will lead to significant reductions in energy bills, carbon emissions and improved comfort levels for the residents of almost 150 DCH homes in Devon. Ready for Retrofit has invested £508k into the programme combined with £217k investment by DCH, bringing the total investment to £725k.
The homes will benefit from three types of new heating installation: air source heat pump systems for central heating and hot water, high efficiency gas fired central heating systems to replace solid fuel or night storage heaters, and new high-efficiency gas boilers to replace the inefficient ones.
DCH (formerly Devon & Cornwall Housing) is the largest provider of affordable homes working in the south west; in the top 30 of housing associations nationally by stock size with over 21,000 homes in management.
EST estimate the Ready for Retrofit programme in the South West has already created 253 jobs, supported 560 local businesses in the retrofitting sector and saved 40,000 lifetime tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Jon Rattenbury, Ready for Retrofit Manager said:
“This a great project for homes in Devon and the local economy. It will protect these households from rapidly rising energy bills, provide them with affordable warmth and help to grow the local economy.”
Doug Stein, Group Director of Asset Management at DCH said:
“The expertise and financial strength of DCH has enabled us to work in partnership with the Ready for Retrofit funding team so that we can accelerate our program of energy efficiency improvements to our housing stock in Devon. Improving the energy performance of our houses is the best way we can help our residents keep their homes warm and their fuel bills down.”
In addition to the support provided to social housing, Ready for Retrofit runs a number of other programmes to encourage retrofitting in privately-owned homes.
Ready for Retrofit is part-financed with £4.75m of European Regional Development Funding.
Lindsey Taylor at the Energy Saving Trust at Lindsey.Taylor@est.org.uk