Not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing has installed solar thermal panel technology to 60 off-gas properties in Seahouses, Northumberland, helping to reduce fuel bills for customers.
The scheme, which represents a £200,000 investment by Four Housing, aims to generate energy savings for customers by providing solar power to heat water in the homes. Around 50 per cent of the homes’ hot water requirements will be met by the solar panels.
The project will benefit from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which will provide a 50 per cent payback in just seven years.
It is estimated that the energy improvements have potential to generate total fuel savings of around £15,000 per year across all of the homes, depending on the residents’ lifestyles. These fuel savings will benefit customers for 25-30 years.
David Elwood, maintenance services manager at Four Housing said: “Due to rising energy costs, many of our customers are subject to fuel poverty. We are focused on improving the energy efficiency of all of our properties to help combat this challenge, which residents have told us is important to them. I’m pleased that we can invest in these off-gas homes where it makes a real difference.
“We are continuing to look for grants to support our energy efficiency work so we can help to improve the efficiency of even more of our properties.”
The Seahouses investment follows the recent extensive energy efficiency works that took place in the Newfield and Highcliffe areas of Berwick, where 134 properties were insulated as part of a £3.3 million project which received Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding.