Watford Council’s insulation scheme commended by government

Watford Borough Council’s insulation scheme on the Harebreaks estate has been held up as an excellent example by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

The work completes a four-year programme that has resulted in the external wall insulation of around 700 homes in the borough, giving residents a combined saving of around £183,000 a year on their heating bills and reducing CO2 by more than 775 tonnes a year.

Partnering with the DECC, National Energy Action, Hamilton’s and E.ON, the council obtained Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding for the project, to deliver major insulation improvements to the Harebreaks. 

The success of the scheme recently led to a visit from DECC, when it was heralded as a great example of the work being done through the partnered project.  

The work to each property is worth almost £9,000. But residents only needed to make a fixed contribution of £1,680 towards the work.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: 'The feedback from DECC is fantastic news for the council and we will definitely look to secure more funding in the future. It demonstrates our commitment to residents and the town. In speaking to people from the Harebreaks, it is clear what a real difference the insulation makes to their everyday lives – and it’s greener, so it’s win-win.'

Elzbieta Gradkowska from Chestnut Walk had her home insulated through the scheme: 'It's been wonderful and I'm looking forward to the savings on my heating bills. As soon as the insulation went on I noticed the difference. It's lovely and cosy and once it's warmed up it stays warm for a long time.'

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