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Stockton thermal insulation scheme expanded

A £6 million thermal insulation scheme in Stockton has been extended, saving homeowners in the town up to £750 every year.

GoWarm Parkfield is provided under the Community Energy Savings Programme and is operated through a partnership between Stockton Borough Council and GoWarm, with funding from Eggborough Power.

It has already undertaken more than £3.9 million worth of improvements in the region and upgraded at least 400 houses in the Town Centre and Parkfield constituencies.

Now, another 500 buildings could be improved through the initiative, as it is coming to households in the Newton and Mill Lane districts.

The project began in December 2011 and concludes in September 2012. It provides a number of energy efficiency renovations, including the installation of loft and cavity wall insulation, draught proofing, boiler replacements and heating controls for under floor heating or radiators.

However, it particularly focuses on older buildings with solid walls, providing them with external cladding features such as waterproof insulation.

The local authority claims this rendered lagging will "provide a welcome facelift to the area", noting the response of the local community to the scheme has been "very positive".

It is expected that GoWarm will result in lifetime savings of as much as 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, as well as making houses more comfortable to live in, warmer and cheaper to run.

This should help to lift many households from a state of fuel poverty, the council said.

GoWarm director Karen Hindhaugh stated: "While there are many companies offering various energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall and loft insulation, the GoWarm Parkfield initiative is specifically designed to provide homeowners with a package of multiple measures for free."

She claimed organisers are pleased to be expanding the project, enabling hundreds of households to benefit from the project following the success of its pilot phase.

Stockton Council's cabinet member for the environment councillor David Rose added: "We are delighted to be working with GoWarm to extend the scheme and offer these benefits to residents in Mill Lane and Newtown."

Posted by Rachel Jenkins