RESIDENTS of Blyth are having their homes made more energy-efficient as part of a £1.9m project.
A total of 53 houses in Cowpen managed by Homes for Northumberland are in line for the money-saving improvements.
So far, 30 homes have been fitted with insulated rendering systems to their external walls, voltage optimisers, gas saver units and low-energy lightbulbs as part of the European Regional Development Fund initiative.
Some of the properties will also have solar panels fitted to their roofs.
Cowpen is one of three areas benefiting from the project, being managed by the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth, along with Jarrow and South Shields.
Ian Johnson, interim director of property services at Homes for Northumberland, said: “With gas and electricity bills going up all the time, we are always looking at ways of reducing residents’ energy costs as much as possible.”
Narec project manager Helen Hampson added: “This project also relates to the soon-to-be-launched government Green Deal project which encourages improvements to be made to properties which will save energy and reduce costs.
“Both initiatives will make a significant improvement to the energy efficiency of north east homes and help tenants to make substantial energy savings.”