An application for Government funding to help local people save on energy bills by insulating their homes is to be submitted by Derbyshire County Council on behalf of other local authorities in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The project, on behalf of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Authorities Energy Partnership, aims to help around 500 households insulate their homes and cut their energy bills by around £400 a year.
Work carried out by the partnership during 2013 includes improving insulation and bringing down household energy bills. During the year 727 properties in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have either had new boilers installed, new heating systems fitted or lofts and cavity walls insulated. Each household has saved an average of £300 on their energy bills, with approximately 7,140 tonnes of carbon a year. This work was paid for by the Fuel Poverty Fund and cost £2.16m.
Coun Brian Ridgway, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Council Services, said: “It’s great that the partnership has helped so many families this year to reduce their energy bills and to lower carbon emissions in Derbyshire.
“We hope that our next bid for funding will be successful so we are able to help more households with their bills and reduce the county’s carbon emissions.”
The Local Authority Energy Partnership (LAEP) was established in 1996. Members include Derbyshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and all district and borough councils in both counties. The aim of the partnership is to reduce carbon emissions and work with residents to lower energy bills.