Warmer Homes for Rowner Residents
Before EWI After EWI installed
Hundreds of residents in Gosport have been lifted out of fuel poverty thanks to a new proactive partnership.
A new scheme, initiated by Gosport Borough Council, is offering full energy efficiency upgrades to a range of solid wall maisonettes and flats in the Rowner area of the town.
The ex MOD mid 1960’s solid wall properties offered no insulation and were in a rather poor condition. Historically the properties are very cold in winter and the estate is all electric; mostly heated by old electric storage heaters. Residents spend a fortune on the electric heating made worse by many using key meters.
The properties are now finally being given the face lift residents have been waiting for which will make a huge difference to the area, and their heating bills.
The final phase of work to provide external wall insulation to these properties in Rowner is nearing completion and has been made possible with the help of the Green Deal Communities Fund. The successful fund application was achieved by Carol White, Energy Efficiency Officer at Gosport Borough Council. The project is also supported by funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme provided by YES Energy Solutions and OVO Energy.
The Management Companies, Hampshire Property Management Ltd, and Zephyr Property Agents, have given their full assistance. Both share the Council’s drive to improve living standards and help residents save energy and money. Local company Wallcoatings Ltd are carrying out the work and have gone above and beyond to ensure residents are happy. One resident commented: “The work has made a massive improvement. It’s definitely a lot warmer and I’ve seen more of my neighbours – some I didn’t even know lived here – so it’s brought the community together as well”.
The insulation not only provides warmer homes but helps with energy bills. Blocks already insulated are seeing a real difference with residents also over the moon with the new look of their homes.
One person delighted with the work is Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage who said:
“This is a win-win situation for residents of Rowner and the area is looking good. The scheme is providing much needed help for the residents of these properties and if it keeps them warmer in the winter without them paying so much then this is great news”.
DECC visited the area to see how the work was progressing and spent valuable time with the residents, YES Energy Solutions, and the contractor Wallcoatings and was very interested to hear from the Management Companies who have liaise with their residents to make this all possible.
L to R: Darren James from Wallcoatings Ltd, Andrew Herbert and Katie Baker from YES Energy Solutions, Sebastiaan van Dort from OVO Energy, Caroline Dinenage MP, Carol White, GBC Energy Efficiency Officer and Ben Golding from DECC who came to visit Rowner to see how the external wall insulation work is progressing.