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Housing Matters magazine - Spring 2022

Featured story - The Housing Energy Efficiency Programme update

The Housing Energy Efficiency Programme (HEEP) continues to roll out across our housing stock. By December 2021, around 300 HEEP retrofit assessments had been carried out. Following these, 123 measures have been installed and so far, 42 properties have been completed. The measures installed include LED light bulbs, upgraded heating, and hot water systems with controls and solar panels. The grant is to support the Local Authority Delivery Scheme for energy efficiency improvements to low.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) homes, which will help to reduce carbon emissions and create energy savings supporting the council's commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. The HEEP's objective is to get all existing council housing properties up to EPC level B within ten years.

When residents are contacted by the retrofit surveyor it is very important, they make an appointment and allow access for the survey to be carried out. This work will improve homes and make them more energy efficient and carbon neutral. If you need further information about the HEEP programme and how the new measures being installed will benefit your home, please contact the Resident Engagement Team.

Paul and Emily were among the first of our tenants to have a retrofit assessment and improvement works carried out at their property, and they talked about their experience with Kate from our Resident Engagement Team. You can watch the video  on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRX3uFNqH-Y (opens new window).

Gemma recently had a new air source heating system and solar panels installed at her property along with other works under the HEEP. She told our Resident Engagement Officer Kate, "I am really pleased with our new air source heating and solar panels. One of the contracts officers took the time to set the heating temperature with me to get the heating just right for the house. I am looking forward to the benefit of having solar panels to help reduce our electricity usage."

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