Energy-saving offer for up to 400 Leeds households

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A MAJOR project to help insulate hundreds of solid walled homes in Leeds will kick off this summer.

A £2.37m slice of Green Deal communities funding will help up to 400 households make their homes energy efficient and cheaper to heat.

Leeds City Council, which is managing the project, will be targeting hundreds of residents in specific communities with solid-walled homes and properties of a non-traditional build. These houses aren’t able to get more widely available energy saving measures like cavity wall insulation. Homes could instead get internal and external wall insulation and other secondary measures, like glazing, loft or attic room insulation and heating improvements.

Through the council’s existing Wrap Up Leeds ECO project, residents will be offered a mixture of energy company obligation (ECO) funding and Green Deal Communities funding to help pay for the work. It’s a requirement of the Green Deal Communities funding that households must contribute to the cost either through their own savings, or a Green Deal loan. However it’s estimated that a typical solid-walled home receiving insulation and other measures would only have to pay around a quarter of the overall cost.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: “Insulating your home is one of the best ways to stop your home leaking heat and money. Having already helped thousands of residents cut their fuel bills we’re rightly turning our attention to those homes that are more difficult to tackle.”

Areas specifically being targeted are:

Hyde Park

Central Roundhay

Weston Drive (Otley and Yeadon)

Silk Mills/Ivesons (Weetwood)

Nowells (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill)

Harehills and Burmantofts

The Drive (Kippax and Methley)

Meynells Estate (Beeston and Holbeck)

Cross Green (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill)

However people who live outside these targeted areas can still apply for help through the Wrap Up Leeds ECO project and could get cashback worth up to £7,600 through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

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>Green Deal Communities funding will also assist with a second phase of the project which will see residents across the whole of the Leeds City Region offered a £750 voucher to be redeemed against a Green Deal assessment and any works actually carried out. A number of show homes will also be developed, to show people how easy it is to get done and how much difference it makes.

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