Wrap-up Leeds is the Council’s completely free insulation scheme. Although the free offer was available to anyone who owned their own home or rented it privately in Leeds, the scheme was targeted at properties the council knew stood to benefit the most.
In less than a year 10,007 lofts and cavity walls have been insulated in 8,098 privately owned and rented homes.
In some cases this has been first time insulation, in others existing loft insulation has been topped up. The results are impressive.
Residents are now expected to save a combined total of £1.4million on their energy bills every year.
The council estimates that around 500 people have been lifted out of fuel poverty thanks to the scheme.
And because residents are now using less energy to keep their homes heated, the environment is a winner too. It’s estimated that CO2 emissions from Leeds’ domestic properties will now be cut by over 5,600 tonnes each year.
And there were jobs created and sustained, too – 120 person years of employment, to be exact!
With a particularly cold start to the year, many vulnerable people will have felt other benefits too, as a warmer home is a healthier home
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: “The figures speak for themselves. Not only have we been able to insulate more homes than we agreed to, we’ve been able to do it for significantly less money than anticipated. By working closely with Yorkshire Energy Services and being responsive to the many challenges faced by the project, we’ve made a significant, tangible impact on the lives of thousands of Leeds residents. But our ambition to help people out of fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of homes and reduce the city’s emissions hasn’t stopped now that the project is complete. This has been a springboard for us to tackle many of the solid walled homes we weren’t able to help last year. The savings made from the original scheme will be reinvested in other elements of our Green Deal demonstrator project to bring the benefits of a warmer, greener home to many more Leeds residents.”
So that’s good news – thanks to the Leeds Labour Council.
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