A £6m partnership project between Hull City Council, npower and Warm Zones has successfully used energy efficiency measures to trigger neighbourhood regeneration in one of the most deprived and run down areas of west Hull that was suffering from very high levels of fuel poverty.
The partnership project utilised funding from ECO, Empty Homes Cluster and the local authority, to target over 490 homes in Wellstead Street and Boulevard, focusing on a whole house, whole street approach. The houses in this area required external wall insulation but the project also delivered cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, new gas central heating systems and gas connections. It is estimated that this integrated package has saved 57ktC02 per year and combined heating bill savings of over £278k per annum.
As well as installing energy efficiency measures, Hull City Council and Warm Zones created a comprehensive package of support which included energy advice, benefit entitlement checks, assisting with energy supplier switching including the Hull City Council energy scheme, advice to combat damp and condensation issues, and referrals to other council services.
Cllr John Black, Portfolio Holder for Housing said “Warm homes mean better health and quality of life, but in this area of the city such were the levels of fuel poverty that many people were suffering from cold-related illnesses. The investment made through this warmer homes partnership has brought considerable improvements to people’s lives in terms of health and well-being and contributing to a reduction in energy bills.”
The project has transformed the run-down area and its residents’ lives through giving them warmer, more attractive homes that are cheaper to run, increasing their household income and improving health conditions. The improved visual appeal of the area has had a knock-on effect on the residents themselves investing in plants and flowers to further improve the neighbourhood appearance. The enhanced community pride has helped to tackle significant neighbourhood and environment nuisances leading to reduced tenant turnover and vacancy rates.
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