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Multi-million pound energy efficiency makeover for homes in the North East

Up to 50,000 households and businesses in the North East are set to benefit from an energy efficiency scheme – Warm Up North – worth up to £200m that is aimed at reducing energy bills and tackling fuel poverty.

Delivered by the nation’s leading energy provider, British Gas, Warm Up North will create an estimated 500 high quality jobs, including the supply chain, apprenticeships, training and skills opportunities and 75 posts to manage delivery of the scheme.

The scheme, which starts in September, will make the North East, the first region in the country to have entered into a multi-area partnership of this type. Warm Up North is the largest and most advanced example in the country of a regional response to the Government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiatives.

The Warm Up North partnership includes eight local authorities: Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside and Sunderland and is also supported by the Association of North East Councils (ANEC).

British Gas was appointed following a competitive tendering process funded by the partnership and by Intelligent Energy Europe.

Eligible residents may, following a whole house assessment of their energy use, benefit from a wide range of energy efficiency measures, including:

  • Solid wall insulation (houses with no cavity walls); potentially saving up to £490 on annual energy bills, and reducing 1.9 tonnes of CO2 from a home*
  • Replacement of an inefficient boiler with an ‘A’ rated boiler; potentially saving up to £300 on annual energy bills and reducing 1,200kg of CO2 emissions from a home*
  • Replacement double-glazed (A-rated) windows and composite doors; potentially saving on average £165 on annual energy bills and reducing 680kg of CO2 emissions from a home*
  • Loft insulation; installing 270mm of insulation could save up to £180 and reduce 730kg emissions annually*

*Average savings and reductions as detailed by the Energy Saving Trust.

Many will be part or fully funded by British Gas’s Energy Company Obligations and those opting for a ‘Green Deal Plan’ will benefit from the opportunity to make repayments through energy bills with those repayments determined by the ‘golden rule’ of being less than the projected savings from the improvements.

Warm Up North will cover all types and ownership of residential property and also extends to publicly owned buildings such as town halls, offices and health and educational properties.

Gab Barbaro, Managing Director, British Gas Business Services, said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to be working in partnership with Warm Up North bringing the benefits of warmer, more energy efficient homes to people across the North East of England. Under the new Green Deal and ECO schemes, we hope to provide insulation for up to 50,000 homes in the region over the next eight years, a measure that will help keep energy costs down. Warm Up North will also enable British Gas to help businesses across the North East improve their energy efficiency.”

Martin Walker, Project Director for the Warm Up North Partnership, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents in all eight of the participating Council areas across the North-East. The partnership with British Gas that is now in place – the first of its kind, anywhere in the country - puts this region at the very forefront of domestic energy efficiency.

“This scheme will help tens of thousands of households with their energy bills, help thousands of people struggling with fuel poverty, and create hundreds of jobs in the region. We are very impressed by the commitment shown by British Gas, and now we can’t wait to get started.’’

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