With green issues very much on the political agenda again at the moment, Stockport Council have revealed how they have invested in improving the living conditions and energy efficiency of the area’s Council residents.
And they intend to continue the programme despite reduced Government funding in energy efficiency initiatives.
Stockport Council, together with Stockport Homes, has been working to improve the energy efficiency of the Council-owned houses since 2008, with thousands benefitting from new insulation measures and green energy.
With £32.6 million of both internal and external funding, the Council and Stockport Homes have improved the thermal comfort of tenants, as well as reducing costs, instances of fuel poverty and CO2 emissions.
Improvements include loft and cavity wall insulation, installation of domestic solar panels and efficient biomass boilers, removal of old electric storage heaters and the creation of a biomass district heating scheme.
Despite current policy changes, the Council is still committed to improving the energy efficiency of all housing in Stockport.
Councillor Patrick McAuley, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Thriving Economy, said: “Energy efficiency and a greener Stockport has been one of the key drivers of Council policy over the last 10 years and one of the main reasons The Stockport economy has been more robust over the course of the financial crisis. Having more energy efficient homes is money in the pocket of some of the most vulnerable people in our community that they can then spend in the local economy. As a council we believe the Government should look again at this because Stockport is a shining light of what can be done when you work together.”
David Wright, Chair of the Board at Stockport Homes, said: “We take the issue of energy efficiency very seriously and have invested heavily in making homes greener since 2008 in programmes such as new heating systems, insulation and renewable technology.”