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Stockport homes recieve energy efficiency makeover

More than 600 Stockport homes will benefit from warmer, more energy efficient homes this winter.

More than 600 Stockport residents are set to benefit from warmer homes this winter thanks to a £7.9 million energy efficiency partnership between Stockport Homes and British Gas, the country’s largest energy provider.

For the first time, residents in the nine multi-storey blocks will be in control of their heating via a state-of-the-art energy efficient biomass heating system.

Residents in the town’s Beaver and Voewood multi-storeys on Hall Street will also benefit from external wall insulation, making them warmer, as well as improving the look and feel of the buildings.

The project is part of British Gas’ energy efficiency partnership with Stockport Homes, and is funded by the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme which focuses on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable customers and those living in hard to heat homes.

British Gas has been actively seeking to deliver energy efficiency measures under the ECO scheme, since its inception in January 2013, primarily through its contractual arrangements, and has now invested in excess of the £420 million committed in 2013 and the £350 million committed in the first half of 2014.

The scheme follows previous initiatives aimed at making improvements to homes, including a £22m Community Energy Saving Programme, which saw more than 1,800 properties benefit from solid wall insulation, glazing, and bio-mass district heating.

Steve Gapik from British Gas, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Stockport Homes to continue making a real difference to people in the town. At a time when household budgets are stretched, these improvements will help people stay warm and comfortable this winter, whilst keeping energy costs down.”

Steve Leonard, Head of Asset Development at Stockport Homes, said: “The partnership between Stockport Homes and British Gas has had a substantial economic impact on the area, not only helping to reduce energy bills, but by also providing jobs to people in the community.” For more information visit www.britishgas.co.uk.

Notes to editors

About British Gas’ ECO

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) focuses on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable consumers and those living in 'hard to treat' properties. The ECO replaces the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Saving Programme after the introduction of the Green Deal.

For more information contact:

British Gas Press Office
British Gas
0800 107 7015
media@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain –nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million UK businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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