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Green Deal Communities funding warms up Leeds homes


Caption: Funding is available to help more people living in solid walled or system built properties benefit from external wall insulation like this, recently installed at a Horsforth home with Wrap Up Leeds ECO.



A multi-million pound project to help insulate some of Leeds’ solid walled homes will kick off this summer.



A £2.37 million slice of Green Deal Communities funding will ensure Leeds City Council can help even more residents make their homes energy efficient and cheaper to heat.



The council will be targeting hundreds of residents in specific communities who live in solid walled homes and properties of a non-traditional build. These properties aren’t able to benefit from more widely available energy saving measures like cavity wall insulation.



Homes could benefit from 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 cutting the cost residents would have to pay.



It’s a requirement of the Green Deal Communities funding that residents must contribute to the cost either through their own savings or a Green Deal loan.



But it’s estimated that a typical solid walled home receiving insulation and other energy saving measures would only have to pay approximately 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.



“We’re certainly not put off by the challenge of these solid walled or system built properties and residents shouldn’t be either. Help is at hand and I’d encourage people to get in touch.”



Around 400 solid walled and system built properties in specific communities will be targeted for financial assistance.



Residents who live outside these areas can still apply for assistance through the Wrap Up Leeds ECO project and will also be able to apply for cash back worth up to £7,600 through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.



To find out more or contact 0113 3950757 or wrapupleeds@leeds.gov.uk or visit www.wrapupleeds.co.uk.



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 just how easy it is to get done and how much difference it makes.



NOTES:



Areas specifically being targeted are:



Hyde Park

Central Roundhay

Weston Drive (Otley and Yeadon)

Silk Mills/Ivesons (Weetwood)

Nowells neighbourhood challenge area (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill)

Harehills and Burmantofts

The Drive (Kippax and Methley)

Meynells Estate (Beeston and Holbeck)

Cross Green (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill)#



For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk



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