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Kingston commended for transformational home improvements as residents save £88,000 a year

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A project to upgrade 326 ‘hard to heat’ homes in Kingston is saving households a total of £88,000 per year and has earnt Kingston Council second place in the Regional Energy Efficiency Awards.

Kingston Council was announced as runner-up in the Regional Large Scale Project of the Year category, narrowly beaten by the Mayor of London’s RE:NEW scheme.

The ambitious project saw the council’s Better Homes scheme, which exceeds the government’s standard for housing, tie in with a £308,000 fund from the Energy Company Obligation to improve energy efficiency.

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing at Kingston Council, said:

'We are delighted to have been recognised for our transformational, integrated approach to improving our residents’ lives. We combined our plans for energy efficiency works with our schedule of home upgrades so that we only had to disturb our residents once.

'All of the works have a 25 year guarantee and save each household at least £270 a year, which across the 326 homes is £88,000, which makes a huge difference. Previously classified as ‘hard to heat’ homes, the 1920s buildings on the Norbiton and Mount Pleasant estates are now energy efficient. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve homes across the borough.'

Christine, a resident who benefitted from the works, said:

'Before we were spending £25 to £30 per week on our gas and electricity during the winter and we had to have our heating on day and night. But now, the exterior wall insulation that has been installed keeps the cold out and the warmth in and we're spending much less.’

Judges considered the entries based on the scope of the work, with special emphasis being placed on successful integration of government energy efficiency schemes, impact on the community and expertise of the delivery team.

For more information, visit www.energyefficiencyawards.co.uk.