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Homes to receive solid wall insulation under £1.4m scheme

More than 300 council-owned homes in Dudley are to receive solid wall insulation, A-rated boilers and draught proofing as part of a £1.4 million "energy fit" scheme from E.ON.

The utility company is working with the local authority to upgrade a total of 314 properties in the Pensnett area under the government's Community Energy Saving Programme, or CESP.

E.ON estimates that each home covered by the programme could save up to £600 a year on its fuel bills thanks to the work.

The company's CESP manager Jon Kirkby said the project is a "great example" of how communities, councils and the private sector can work together to lower household costs while cutting carbon footprints.

Dudley Borough Council cabinet member for housing David Simms added: "Anything we can do that brings in investment into Dudley and helps save money on tenants' heating bills has got to be good news."

Elsewhere, the Centre for Sustainable Energy has launched a scheme in western Somerset to install solid wall insulation on property types that would otherwise be excluded from home improvement programmes.