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Medway Council’s plan to reduce energy bills

Medway Council have invested over £2 million into improving energy efficiency in council houses to reduce residents’ bills.

These improvements will reduce the overall energy consumption on social housing properties and lower carbon emissions across Medway.

Efficiency upgrades will be achieved by adding features such as loft or cavity wall insulation, fitting new windows, draft proofing, and installing LED lighting.

The works, which will begin in May, will be carried out in 190 council homes which have an energy efficiency rating of D or below.

However, the works are expected to take until autumn 2025 to be completed, meaning some will have to wait before they get their bills reduced.

You can find the energy rating of your property by using the official government website here.

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay
Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Installations of the features will be carried out by Mears Ltd, who will directly contact residents and arrange for the works to be carried out on their homes.

The council are using the £1 million received by the government’s Social Housing Decarbonation Fund and are also matching the government’s offer to provide twice as much towards significantly improving energy efficiency.

This will help alleviate the ongoing energy cost crisis which has affected millions nationwide.

Deputy Leader of Medway Councillor, Cllr Howard Doe said:

“We are committed to creating a greener and more sustainable future for our residents and this funding, which we are matching, will help us achieve an energy efficiency rating of C, or above, in all of our council houses by 2030.

“It also supports our climate change aspiration to achieve net zero carbon in Medway by 2050 and will help residents save money on their energy bills.”

This means that the overall energy wasted will be reduced, benefitting residents to help lower their bills, whilst also helping the planet by reducing carbon emissions.

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