New partnership to make more homes energy efficient

Leeds City Council has entered into a new partnership with three companies to help make even more Leeds homes energy efficient.

The council will be working with Keepmoat, Willmott Dixon and SSE to offer Leeds residents free or heavily discounted energy efficient upgrades from July.

Having already gone through a robust tendering process, residents will have peace of mind that all three companies have been vetted and have the council’s seal of approval.

The new arrangement will see the council and its partners maximise funding from the energy company obligation (ECO) to offer free boiler upgrades and free loft and cavity wall insulation to people on certain benefits, as well as free or significantly discounted improvements like external wall insulation for those in hard to treat homes.

Starting in July, the scheme will be in place until a city region-wide Green Deal offer launches in 2014.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“We’ve been able to help a lot of people cut their fuel bills and reduce emissions across the city already. This new partnership will allow us to continue to support residents who need that extra bit of help to cope with spiralling fuel bills.

“This is a great opportunity to help those most at risk from fuel poverty and tackle hard to treat properties on behalf of our residents.”

Nigel Banks, Keepmoat group sustainability director, said:

“We are looking forward to continuing our work providing warmer homes with lower running costs to people across Leeds.

“The health, lifestyle and economic benefits of warmer homes, particularly for those most in need, are tremendous and we will work closely with local communities to provide an inclusive service.

“Under the new ECO funding, we are now able help people who may have been told they did not qualify for previous insulation schemes and to offer free or heavily discounted insulation to hard to treat cavity wall, system build and solid wall homes.”

Charles Farley, SSE national development director, said:

"We are delighted to work with Leeds City Council to deliver a wide range of energy efficiency measures to homes and communities. SSE has installed cavity wall, solid wall and loft insulation measures, heating and boiler replacements across the country and we want to help the residents of Leeds reduce wasted energy and make their homes warmer. We look forward to making peoples’ homes more energy efficient through this exciting project and will provide a complete service from our local Leeds office."

Rob Lambe, managing director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said:

"Willmott Dixon is delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds City Council to create warmer homes and reduce the fuel bills of local residents.”

The partnership follows on from the success of Wrap Up Leeds and Wrap Up Leeds+. These projects saw over 10,000 free cavity wall and loft insulation measures installed in homes and interest free loans and grants were offered to help people who couldn’t benefit from standard green home improvements like cavity wall or loft insulation. Both previous projects were made possible by funding provided by the energy companies and the government.

To find out more or register your interest please contact the council on 0113 395 0757 or fuelsavers@leeds.gov.uk.

For media enquiries please contact:

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

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