Platform Housing Group has announced a number of energy-efficient home improvements in Derbyshire as part of its journey toward eradicating fuel poverty.
The social landlord has improved the energy performance ratings on seven homes in Matlock, Derbyshire, the first time it has undertaken such work in the county.
The project – which began in April – was made possible by Green Homes grant funding under the Local Authority Delivery Scheme (Phase 1B) in a joint bid with Derbyshire Dales District Council.
The works, which cost a total of £126,000, were part-funded by Platform Housing Group funds.
The Green Homes Grant is one of the programmes announced by the government as part of the investment in economic recovery from COVID-19.
Delivered through local authorities, the scheme’s primary aim is to improve the energy efficiency of those on low incomes and low-EPC-rated homes – those with Band E, F or G.
Each of the seven homes in the village of Brassington had solar roof panels installed; previously heated by storage heaters, the new heating systems have moved the energy efficiency of the properties from EPC E to EPC C.
Ann Ashworth, a resident in one of the homes, said: “I have lived in my home for three-and-a-half years, and I am delighted with the improvements to both the central heating and the hot water.
“The work was undertaken really efficiently, and I am grateful to Platform Housing Group.”
Kevin Carl, assistant Asset Management director (East), said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the upgrade of energy inefficient properties in Matlock and, crucially, the reduction of fuel poverty for these customers.
“This initiative is a really good opportunity for customers’ homes to be warmer and for them to save money on their heating bills, at no cost to themselves. It also confirms our commitment to creating sustainable homes.”
As part of its commitment to improving energy performance in its properties, Platform has also pledged extra funds, bringing the total investment amount to almost £1.1m throughout its operating area.
Platform Housing Group owns and manages 46,000 homes across the Midlands, with a portfolio that includes social and affordable rent and shared ownership houses.
The group has G1 governance and V1 financial viability ratings from the Regulator of Social Housing and an A+ rating from Standard and Poor’s and Fitch
Image: Ann Ashworth outside her home next to the newly installed air source heat pump
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