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River Clyde Homes and Scottish Gas to carry out £9 million energy makeover to improve homes in Greenock

  • Scottish Gas and River Clyde Homes are leading a £9 million project to transform social housing in the Broomhill area of Greenock
  • The significant scheme will make homes warmer and more energy efficient for families, and should reduce their energy bills
  • Funding was also provided thanks to the assistance of Inverclyde Council who successfully applied to a Scottish Government scheme on behalf of homeowners

Hundreds of homes across Greenock are to set to be made warmer and more energy efficient, thanks to a £9 million investment led by River Clyde Homes and Scottish Gas

Work will begin this week to transform the lives of families living in over 500 homes in the town.

The improvements will mean people living in houses in the Broomhill area of Greenock will be able to heat their homes more quickly and efficiently. The measures should help to lower their energy bills too.

Scottish Gas is undertaking the work as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), focusing on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable customers and those living in hard to heat homes.

The works also attracted financial support for homeowners in the area through a Scottish Government funding scheme administered by Inverclyde Council. This allows owners to participate in the refurbishment works at zero or low cost.

The Broomhill project will see solid wall insulation added to the outside of over 500 homes. The insulation will reduce the amount of heat escaping through walls and will help homes heat up quicker and stay warmer over a longer period.

The cladding will also transform the look of the buildings too, giving them a fresh appearance.

Properties will also benefit from district heating*, which is a more energy efficient and cost effective way to heat homes.

The work is expected to be completed in around nine months’ time.

Dave Young of Scottish Gas said: “We’re really pleased to deliver this project in partnership with River Clyde Homes in Greenock, which will transform the lives of many people in the town.

“It will make homes warmer and more energy efficient for families and will help reduce energy bills.”

Willie Croft, Director of Property & Development Services at River Clyde Homes, commented: “Combating fuel poverty for our customers has become a key priority for River Clyde Homes. These Broomhill properties will benefit from a refurbishment that should help people reduce their energy costs by using a system that is both efficient and environmentally friendly.”

Jenny Speck chairs the Broomhill Tenants’ and Residents’ Association. She said: “We currently have a heating system in our homes that is both inefficient and expensive to run. The new district heating system will address both these problems and I know we are really looking forward to noticing the difference in our pockets as our energy bills should become cheaper.

“We’re delighted at the added bonus of this modern bio-mass system being so eco-friendly. Combined with the new solid wall cladding for all of the buildings in Broomhill, it will really bring our homes into the 21st century.”

The project has also received the backing from Stuart McMillan MSP.

Mr McMillan added: The investment by Scottish Gas in Inverclyde, through their ECO scheme, is very much welcomed and I’m hopeful it will help transform the lives of families living in the area.

“The improvements to social housing will mean warmer homes and lower energy bills, something that will benefit households.

“Therefore, I look forward to seeing the scheme develop and benefit the people of Inverclyde.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

River Clyde Homes’ housing stock is a mixture of rented and privately owned accommodation.
*A district heating scheme comprises a network of insulated pipes used to deliver heat, in the form of hot water or steam, from the point of generation to somebody’s home.
District heating networks provide the means to transport heat efficiently. It is used in large residential communities and industrial sites as a low carbon form of energy.

British Gas is Britain’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 British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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