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Green energy boost for Uttlesford housing tenants

Uttlesford District Council has successfully bid for £3.8 million government funding to make council homes more energy efficient and reduce tenants' bills.

The money will be used to upgrade 276 of the most energy in-efficient homes in the council's housing stock by retrofitting additional insulation, solar panels and air source heat pumps.

These measures are anticipated to reduce carbon emissions by 89% and save tenants on average £275 per year on their energy bills.

Cllr Arthur Coote, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "We are delighted and grateful to receive this funding which will directly benefit many tenants.

"We are committed to tackling the climate emergency and moving towards a more sustainable future. This ambitious project to bring hundreds of homes up to modern energy standards is a key part of that work.

"The improvements will not only cut carbon emissions but will also help tenants to heat their homes for less and save money on their energy bills."

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is a government programme run by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero that provides funding to local councils and social housing providers to upgrade a significant amount of the social housing stock across the country. Uttlesford has been awarded the grant in the latest round of funding.

The retrofitting programme will run until March 2026 and the council will be engaging with tenants of the eligible properties over the coming months.

 

24 May 2024