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A warmer, energy efficient future secured for residents in low-income homes

Posted by Communications on 12 January 2022 | Comments

Residents in low-income homes across Babergh and Mid Suffolk can look forward to a warmer, more energy efficient future thanks to £1.9m in Government funding.

Neighbouring West Suffolk Council led a successful £7.1m bid, on behalf of all of Suffolk’s district councils, for money from the Government’s Sustainable Warmth Competition - designed to support improvements to low income, low energy efficiency rated homes. The money will enable work to be carried out to 750 homes in Suffolk. 

In Babergh and Mid Suffolk, £1.9m of the funds will be targeted at installing green measures in around 80 of the districts’ least energy efficient homes. The range measures include solar panels, air source heat pumps, as well as a variety of home insulation.

Initial surveys have now been carried out on the first eligible properties identified and occupiers are due to be contacted soon.

Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, cabinet member for climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable transport at Babergh District Council, said:

“We are committed in our ambition to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. We have already made great strides in this area, fuelling our waste fleet with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, and jointly, with Mid Suffolk, have invested £2.8m in solar energy solutions at our leisure centres, with the support of Government grants. “

“Now, we are encouraging our residents and businesses to take similar steps to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.”

Cllr Jessica Fleming, cabinet member for environment at Mid Suffolk District Council, said:

“This Government funding is wonderful news in terms of continuing our work to improve heating efficiency and combat climate change in Mid Suffolk. 

"These funds will enable us to offer financial assistance to those who would otherwise struggle to afford to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. In addition to lower energy bills, the improvements will have a positive impact on quality of life as well as on the environment.”

Visit the councils’ website and YouTube channel to find out more about how Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are tackling climate change.