Council scheme makes homes hot, hot, hot

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Doncaster Council has introduced a winter warmer – 2,000 homes over the last year have received new insulation in a DMBC scheme to help cut energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.

The authority claims that the works will cut the average annual gas bill by 30 to 40 per cent, saving around £400 per year and reducing CO2 output by 36 tonnes per home over a 20 year period.

The works on privately owned and rented properties were funded by energy companies but originated by DMBC/

Councillor Christine Mills, cabinet member for environment and waste said: “Between June 2012 and July 2013 we started facilitating a scheme to install solid wall insulation in 2000 privately owned or rented Doncaster properties – and including 200 boiler replacements.

“The beauty of this project, which has created 16 new jobs and safeguarded 43, is that no council money was spent on the works – they have been fully funded by energy company obligation grants – money energy companies are required to make available for energy efficient measures.

Sharon Jones of Victoria Road, Bentley, has benefited from the work.

She said: “The work has been brilliant. Even though it is not cold outside yet I can already feel the benefit of a warmer house.”