Steering Group awarded £30,000 funding

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Wolverton Steering Group has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change

The money will go towards supporting people living in Victorian or solid-walled homes to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The project, ‘Future Wolverton Future Energy’ involves following the progress of an 1860s ‘prototype’ end-of-terrace house in the town as it is refurbished with internal solid wall insulation to reduce heat loss through its external walls (which can account for up to 85 per cent of the heat leakage in a building.)

The Steering Group, which is working in partnership with Milton Keynes Christian Foundation to deliver the project, hopes that the installation of the solid wall insulation, energy efficient white goods, a new boiler and potentially new roof insulation, will achieve a reduction of 60 per cent in carbon emissions.

During the project, three local building companies will also be fully trained in the installation of solid wall insulation to make it possible for local homeowners to improve their own house.

Marie Osborne from the Wolverton Steering Group, is excited about the scheme’s potential. She said: “Securing this funding is a fantastic opportunity for Wolverton. Aside from solid wall insulation, the project aims to promote a variety of energy efficient home solutions and improvements, with specific advice being given to those living in a conservation area who might find it difficult to navigate the rules and regulations around the structural changes they can make.

“Future Wolverton Future Energy will really help our local residents to make their homes warmer, more energy efficient and more cost effective,” she concludes.

To find out more about the project and to follow its progress, visit www.futurewolverton.co.uk/energy, where there is helpful information about how you can make energy efficiency improvements to your own home.