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Stuart McMillan MSP visits £9 million scheme to transform homes in Greenock

Stuart McMillan MSP has praised a £9 million scheme to make 500 homes more energy efficient in Greenock.

 

Mr McMillan visited the project in Broomhill today (Friday 15th May) to see first-hand how work being delivered by Scottish Gas and River Clyde Homes will make homes warmer for residents and should result in lower energy bills.

 

Work began in March with solid wall insulation being added to the outside of properties. This reduces the amount of heat escaping through walls and helps homes stay warmer for longer.

 

The insulation also transforms the look of the buildings, giving them a fresh appearance.

 

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

 

The project should be completed by the end of the year. 

 

Scottish Gas is undertaking the work as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO)*. It also attracted financial support for homeowners through a Scottish Government funding scheme administered by Inverclyde Council. This allows owners to participate in the refurbishment works at zero or low cost.

 

Mr McMillan MSP said: “I am delighted to visit this project in Greenock and see where the funding will be spent to improve energy efficiency in homes.

 

“It’s important that households are supported to ensure their homes become more energy efficient, so it costs less to heat. 

 

“Therefore, I welcome this investment by Scottish Gas and I’m sure the residents will also welcome having warmer and more energy efficient homes.”

 

Carol Aitken of Scottish Gas commented: “We’re very pleased Mr McMillan MSP has visited this project to see how it will improve homes for hundreds of people in Greenock.


“Residents will soon notice the benefits of this work by having warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower fuel bills.” 

 

Willie Croft, Property & Development Services Director at River Clyde Homes, added: “These are exciting times as this major investment programme gets underway. Customers can see that things are really beginning to happen in Broomhill, with scaffolding going up on the low-rise blocks in the Ann Street area in preparation of the recladding and insulation works. The changes will be well underway by this summer.

 

“In the meantime other works are progressing with improvements to security and lighting at properties in the area.

 

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

Picture caption:

Image 1: (L-R) Stuart McMillan MSP, Carol Aitken of Scottish Gas and far right Willie Croft of River Clyde Homes, with residents

 

Image 2: Thermal imaging of the Broomhill estate with the ‘red’ areas showing heat escaping from people’s homes.  Once the work has been completed, homes will be more energy efficient, and they will retain their heat.

 

Image 3: Broomhill estate without thermal imaging

 

*ECO places legal obligations on larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency measures to homes.

 

A district heating system 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.

For more information contact:

Simon Feldman
Simon.Feldman@britishgas.co.uk

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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