Residents to benefit from energy saving project

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HUNDREDS of residents on a Milton Keynes estate are set to benefit from funding to make their homes cleaner, greener, warmer, dryer and cheaper to heat.

Next week sees the launch of the Lakes Community Energy Saving Project (CESP) – a scheme which will help fund vital ‘eco-upgrades’ to people’s homes – both council houses and privately owned or rented ones.

Work will start on March 7 on major upgrades to 469 council homes, which could lead to them becoming up to 20 per cent more efficient in energy terms.

This scheme is funded by government and the council is also working with power giants npower and Apollo as the main contractor. To ensure that the benefits of its work are felt by residents long into the future, Apollo is also supporting the local community, by providing employment and work experience opportunities, and running community projects for local residents involved with the CESP scheme.

The council has also set aside £500,000 from the government’s New Homes Bonus fund to pay for low cost loans for owner-occupiers under 60 years of age within the CESP area, and also to start a similar scheme for landlords who own privately rented properties on the Lakes Estate.

There is already a loan scheme for owners aged over 60, again with very competitive interest rates and flexible terms. So far 72 homes have expressed an interest in taking part in this scheme.

Works to be carried out between March and November 2012 include all or some of the following:

Installation of new ‘Warm Roofs’ which replace the currently un-insulated roof spaces. The roofing system provided by IKO consists of 120mm thick Rigid polyurethane (PUR) insulation board and carries a 25 year insurance backed guarantee

New double glazing

Insulation of lofts and cavity wall insulation

Application of new insulated wall cladding

The official launch takes place on March 7, from 4pm to 5pm. This will be followed by a reception at the Lakes Community Centre.

Councillor Andrew Morris, Cabinet member responsible, said: “Residents of the estate who have already invested in Warm Roofs say how much warmer and comfortable their houses are than previously, and how much money they are now saving on their annual fuel costs. This work forms part of our overall plans for the regeneration of the Lakes Estate, and indeed, part of our regeneration programme for Milton Keynes. The Council and its partners are absolutely committed to working with communities to achieve lasting positive change, and this is tangible evidence that this is happening.”