Homes to get energy saving technologies

South Tyneside Homes' Dave Cutting, Ian Storey from Homes for Northumberland and Narec's Kerry Furness.
South Tyneside Homes' Dave Cutting, Ian Storey from Homes for Northumberland and Narec's Kerry Furness.
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An assessment has been carried out to see what renewable energy systems could be used on properties at risk of ‘fuel poverty’.

The National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth,has assessed the energy performance of hard-to-heat properties in Northumberland and South Tyneside, as part of a £3.84m European Regional Development Funded project to install low carbon and renewable energy technologies to improve the housing stock and tackle fuel poverty

And in partnership with social housing landlords Homes for Northumberland and South Tyneside Homes, more than 300 rented properties in Blyth, South Shields and Jarrow were fitted with a variety of energy efficiency technologies such as solid wall insulation, energy efficiency boilers, low energy lighting and PV panels.

Kerry Furness, microrenewables ERDF project manager at Narec, said: “I am delighted with the success of the project, it is wonderful to know that it has had a demonstrable impact on the quality of life of residents whilst helping to tackle fuel poverty.

“The project has also helped to provide a greater understanding and impact of the performance and utilisation of low carbon.”