How it works
Barnsley Council, together with Better Homes Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, secured £282,000 in government Local Growth Funding to improve homes in Barnsley. In addition, funding provided by Barnsley Council, Berneslai Homes and ECO Flex funding meant a total investment of £313,000 in Barnsley homes. The funding was used to install external, internal and cavity wall insulation, loft and attic room insulation, and new energy saving boilers in 41owner-occupied and social homes on Cemetery Road in Barnsley.
External solid wall insulation can save householders an estimated £120 to £425 per year from their energy bills.* It was hoped that improving the homes on Cemetery Road would make a big difference to residents who are now able to enjoy a more energy-saving home and cheaper energy bills in time for winter.
Living in a more energy efficient home – A Case Study
Mr Michaels has lived on Cemetery Road for over 50 years and used to struggle to heat his home: “I had to turn the heating really way up because it was alright in [the front room], but of course the whole house needs heating, so I had to turn the heating up and… just to get an ambient temperature all through the house”. Keeping his home warm meant his gas bill was set to rise to £120 per month.
Mr Michaels had insulation fitted to the outside walls of his home, as well as having an Oxypod device fitted which extracts the air out of his central heating system, making it more efficient. The works, in addition to Mr Michaels switching his energy company, meant that his gas bill shrank to just £40 per month. “I feel a lot more relaxed because obviously I’m not paying as much money and I feel a lot more comfortable in the house. It’s wonderful”. Mr Michaels would recommend external wall insulation to anyone who can’t get cavity wall insulation, commenting: “I’m really impressed with it”.
*Energy Saving Trust