Energy efficiency measures installed by Greenvision Energy across a number of affordable homes in Nottinghamshire have resulted in “significant savings” for tenants and increased EPC ratings by up to two bands.
Greenvision partnered with Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) to deliver the Technical Innovation Fund, part of the Health and Innovation Programme (HIP), a project which aims to tackle fuel poverty in Great Britain. The programme is designed and administered by National Energy Action (NEA).
Over the last year, the firm has implemented a number of eco-friendly products at 75 homes across the county, with the latest 25 completed at the end of the September.
Paul Campbell, founder of Nottingham-based Greenvision Energy, said: “NEA asked for innovative solutions to help increase the energy efficiency of households and reduce tenants’ bills, and issued a call for proposals. Greenvision has long been members of NEA, and share their passion for eradicating fuel poverty in the UK. We instantly saw that this scheme could make some real changes to people’s lives and their health and wellbeing.
“NEA received over 200 calls for proposal applications to take part in their HIP programme, so we were honoured to be among the 42 successful applicants in the UK. Even at this early stage, the results are extremely encouraging with tenants already reporting significant savings and energy efficiency ratings increasing by up to two bands.”
Items that Greenvision installed included Dimplex Quantum smart storage heaters, Dimplex Quantum hot water cylinders (which are compatible with solar thermal), voltage optimisation units, water-saving showerheads and aerators, LED lighting and real time energy monitors.
Staff also carried out tariff checks and basic benefits checks to ensure residents were receiving all of the allowances they were entitled to.
Andrea Griffiths-James, energy services co-ordinator at NCHA, said: “We were delighted to be awarded this grant to enable us to work with Greenvision Energy to deliver this energy saving programme. NCHA is committed to upgrading existing homes to improve the energy efficiency and help reduce fuel bills for our residents.”
Preliminary results of the scheme will be analysed and released towards the end of next year. Greenvision expects residents to see up to 40% savings on their energy bills, and between £150-£200 per year if they also switched tariffs.
Maria Wardrobe, director of external affairs at NEA, said: “We are delighted to be working with Greenvision Energy and NCHA to tackle fuel poverty across Nottinghamshire. The evidence base clearly demonstrates that living in a cold home can exacerbate health
conditions and ultimately cause premature death. Partnerships made through the Technical Innovation Fund will trial new solutions to improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock whilst also reducing levels of fuel poverty.”