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Lower energy bills for over 1,000 residents

More than 1,000 social housing residents in the south of England can expect lower energy bills as part of Luton Borough Council’s £7m investment in energy efficiency.

In Bedfordshire Keepmoat will work with Luton Borough Council to add External Wall Insulation, loft insulation and now soffits and facias to 750 social housing properties.

The project is the council’s largest single investment in energy efficiency works on its housing stock.

The works – part funded by the Energy Companies Obligation – are estimated to lower resident’s energy bills by between £150 to £350 per year.

The scheme will improve the lives of residents in Spandow Court and Essex Court tower blocks as well as households in the Lewsey Farm, Marsh Farm and Hockwell Ring areas of Luton.

Meanwhile in Buckinghamshire Keepmoat will work to fit EWI and new uPVC double glazed windows and doors to 150 properties in High Wycombe.

The works will see a 100mm external wall insulation membrane added to each of the homes and topped with three coats of render including an attractive choice of colour finishes.

The scheme will bring the Red Kite Community Housing managed homes – built between the 1940s and 1960s – up to modern standards of thermal insulation.

The £2m renovation scheme to social housing properties was approved after a successful pilot scheme on eight homes in Princes Risborough earlier this year.

Councillor Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Luton Borough Council said: “Rising energy bills is becoming a real issue for many families in Luton, especially in these harsh economic times, which is why we agreed to carry out our largest ever single investment in energy efficiency works for our housing stock.

“We are absolutely committed to improving the quality of life of all our tenants and this work will not only make their homes warmer and more comfortable, but also give them more money in their pocket.”

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