Air pump set to decarbonise council-owned properties in Warwick district - The Leamington Observer

Air pump set to decarbonise council-owned properties in Warwick district

AIR source heat pumps will soon be installed in some council properties.

As part of its commitment to make the district carbon neutral by 2030, Warwick District Council (WDC) is taking further green steps with plans to replace outdated heating systems in some 40 homes, reducing CO2 emissions by 3.5 tonnes.

The properties chosen for the scheme are occupied by households on a below average income for Warwickshire and have a poor energy performance rating.

The project is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme and the council’s Housing Improvement Programme.

The installation of the pumps is part of a wider initiative to decarbonise local homes.

WDC spokesperson for homes and health Jan Matecki said: “Our climate emergency declaration and targets are ambitious, we are therefore very pleased that this scheme will allow us to press ahead with our plans to improve the energy performance of our housing stock making homes warmer in winter and significantly reducing their carbon footprint.”

Although the council will work with E.ON to deliver the scheme, those taking part are not required to be an existing E.ON or E.ON Next customer to benefit.

E.ON spokespperson Nigel Dewbery added: “Improving the energy efficiency of homes across the UK is key to meeting the nation’s net-zero targets, and can dramatically improve people’s living conditions, by helping to increase their comfort and potentially reducing their energy bills.

“We’re delighted to be bringing these benefits to households across Warwickshire as we continue to work with Warwick District Council to install energy efficiency measures, such as air source heat pumps in the homes of eligible residents.”

The council has also been awarded funding for some 160 council properties to be fitted with a combination of solar PV panels, in addition to heat pumps and loft insulation, in a further bid to improve the energy efficiency of its properties.


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