Norwich residents living in energy inefficient homes are set to benefit from new funding awarded to the city council.
The news was announced following a successful bid for £900,000 from the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) to retrofit properties in the city to greater levels of energy efficiency.
The council will also be committing additional funding of £350,000 to make sure as many households benefit as possible.
The overall pot of £1.25m will be used to fund solid wall insulation in 45 of the city’s least energy-efficient homes, and will allow the households to generate and retain heat and energy much better than currently.
This will not only allow for money to be saved on energy bills, but also benefits the environment by stopping preventable carbon emissions.
The homes which will be benefiting from the retrofitting investment are in two main ward areas of the city – Wensum and Catton Grove.
We will be in touch shortly with all the residents who will be benefitting from the upgrades to their homes to arrange for the work to be done.
The project, which will run until the end of April 2023, will save the council £8,000 a year (across all homes) and over 3,000 kWh in energy.
Councillor Emma Hampton, cabinet member for climate change and fuel poverty at Norwich City Council, said: “This funding is hugely welcome and will make a massive difference to those living in the city.
“As well as supporting our citywide target of net zero carbon emissions by 2045, it will also address financial inequalities within certain areas of our city that need it the most.
“Our environmental agenda is ambitious and we are rightly leading the way on behalf of the city and the residents we serve. We will take every opportunity to secure additional government funding to help us deliver some on our ambitions.”
Councillor Gail Harris, cabinet member for social housing at Norwich City Council, said: “We are passionate about making improvements to our council homes where we can, and this funding will do that in a very real sense to homes that are difficult to heat effectively and efficiently.
“We will continue to seek funding wherever it is available to keep raising the bar for our tenants and residents.”