Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Stockton Is Going Green and Cutting Bills; Commercial Feature in Association with Stockton Council

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Stockton Is Going Green and Cutting Bills; Commercial Feature in Association with Stockton Council

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STOCKTON Council is carrying out a whole range of projects which are all working towards Government targets for the reduction of its carbon footprint. The council, in partnership with Community Energy Solutions, has tackled domestic carbon emissions and fuel poverty with nearly PS8m of private sector investment in major works to 1,600 private, solid wall, hard-to-heat homes as part of the country's largest Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP).

The CESP GoWarm scheme required energy supply companies to reduce carbon emissions by funding domestic energy efficiency measures.

It is estimated the scheme has already resulted in the borough's carbon emissions reducing by more than 100,000 tonnes. It has also created more than 300 jobs.

The council targeted private owner-occupiers and privately rented homes in qualifying areas for the scheme in Parkfield, Newtown, Thornaby and Stockton Town Centre. Stockton Council is currently in discussions with a range of energy providers to secure more funding to extend the scheme across the borough.

Households received a variety of measures alongside external wall insulation, including loft insulation, new heating systems, boiler replacements, heating controls, plus energy efficiency and benefits advice.

Jean Oliver, 82, has lived in her Parkfield home for 30 years. Her home has been fitted with external wall insulation, a new full heating system, loft insulation and draft proofing through the GoWarm scheme.

She said: "I used to have an electric heater on almost constantly to keep me warm but thanks to the cladding that's been installed this hasn't been necessary and the house has been comfortable enough without switching anything on."

Stockton Council's cabinet member for environment, Councillor David Rose, said: "This work shows that tackling environmental issues can go hand in hand with regeneration and improving the quality of people's lives. …

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