26 Homes to get Wall Insulation in Time for Christmas in Barton
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
26 homes on Barton Estate in Oxford are being given a lift just before Christmas by means of a project run by city organisations Oxford City Council and Low Carbon Hub in what has been called the Warming Barton Scheme. The homes will receive external wall insulation and is set to tie in with the Green Deal and ECO scheme which are both government initiatives, and the aim is to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Barton. It started with 100 houses receiving a free energy survey to ascertain areas where energy efficiency could be boosted and then 26 of the most poorly insulated houses were chosen for the wall insulation.
One Barton resident who benefited from this scheme is John Cavendish who said that the night following the external wall insulation installation, a difference was immediately apparent. He said that the house was much warmer and it was not necessary to huddle under a blanket in the lounge, and that the boiler was not working as hard as usual to try to maintain the heat. Mr Cavendish also said that an estate agent had noted to him that the insulation had added £30,000 to the value of his house. These hard to treat houses were completed in time for a cosy Christmas, and has been touted as being an exceptional project to assist these homes making them healthier and warmer and also more energy efficient.
Funding is available for houses that qualify through the ECO project which requires the Big Six Energy Companies to improve conditions especially in the lower income households. Funder Low Carbon Hub and Oxford City council, together with ECO financed the work to be done, with a comment coming from Low Carbon Hubís operations director that it was a struggle to get funding from ECO is hardest for those who need it most. He went on to say that they would like to create a scheme locally for households in Oxford and they would continue to strive to bring warmth and efficiency as well as lower energy bills to the residents of Oxford and were hoping to find additional funding to continue with their project.
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