Nottingham is edging ever closer to becoming a Smart City with another Remourban phase reaching completion. This time, it’s Sneinton’s homeowners and private tenants that have received energy improvements to cut their heating bills and carbon emissions.
Project Managers, Nottingham Energy Partnership (NEP) have installed a combination of solid wall insulation and room in roof insulation to 49 homes in Sneinton’s Windmill Lane area. Solid wall insulation not only improves the thermal efficiency of a home, it provides sound proofing and lifts the look of a property by means of a fresh new render. Householders can look forward to yearly savings of up to £400 off their heating bill following these improvements.
Each home owner/private landlord received a Remourban grant towards the work, leaving a contribution of between £1,260 and £2,280 to pay, depending on the property type. Without the grant, this home improvement would normally cost upwards of £8,000.
To help householders pay for their contribution, NEP and Nottingham Credit Union introduced a zero interest loan. It meant the insulation was a more realistic option as the cost could be spread over a number of years without accruing extra costs.
Of the 49 properties, 24 were Victorian and deemed ‘harder to treat’ due to their period detailing; these properties required a more complex insulation system. They received a mix of internal and external wall insulation, so their ornate Victorian features could remain untouched.
As well as making these homes affordably warm, householders were also offered free LED lighting.