70 Richmondshire homes to get energy efficiency improvements

Energy efficiency measures look set to be installed in 70 Richmondshire homes.

Members of the District Council’s Corporate Board are being asked to approve a £52,000 cash pot for an ecoflex scheme.

It will provide match funding for a national scheme which looks to alleviate fuel poverty – loft and cavity wall insulation, boiler replacement and new central heating projects are included.

Richmond has around 9.5 per cent of homes in fuel poverty – against a national average of 12.1 per cent which gives scope for several thousand homes needing work.

As part of the countrywide Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme energy suppliers have a duty to fund the installation of some energy efficiency measures, with local authorities encouraged to define the criteria that identifies ‘vulnerable’ people in fuel poverty.

“This scheme will allow us to help people who are living in fuel poverty, giving them a better standard of living,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“The £52,000 we are looking to allocate in year one will cover 70 homes.”

Corporate board will discuss the scheme next Tuesday.