9 Mar

Government launches retrofit programme

Government launches retrofit programme

A new government project will make houses to rent in Manchester more eco-friendly.

The Greater Manchester Housing Retrofit Programme will see 9,000 social homes benefit from a series of measures to reduce energy bills.

As part of the Green deal, solid wall insulation and better heating systems will be installed in the properties to make them more energy efficient.

Housing associations will invest in the renovations, to be paid back by tenants through the money saved on energy costs – estimated to be up to £500 per year.

The Green Deal will be launched for all homeowners and tenants next year.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said: "We must and can do more to make our homes greener.

"I'm delighted to announce for the first time, a large scale project to upgrade thousands of social homes."

Going green is not just good for the environment but presents an "economic opportunity", he added.

The new programme could boost efforts by people buying houses for sale in 2011 to make their homes more eco-friendly.

Four out of five people do not act on recommendations made by Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), which could save them money, according to Consumer Focus.

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