Luciana Berger, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change visited Northfield resident Abraham Weekes last week with James McKay, BCC Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart city. Mr Weekes’ home has already benefited from energy saving features.
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Up to 600 homes could receive a free complete home energy makeover to keep warm in winter, save money on rising fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions.

Local charity Northfield Ecocentre are working with Carillion to launch a project to provide council & private households in the area with free home energy audits, free solid wall insulation, free boiler upgrades and possibly free solar panels on south facing houses. This installation usually costing in the region of £8000 to £12,000 per property will be saving the pockets of local people and reducing their carbon emissions.

With fuel prices on a continual upward trend reducing the energy use of your home is good for the environment and good for your wallet.

Home energy advisor Stuart Bowles said “this work will help families feel warmer in their homes for very little or no cost to them. Solid wall insulation can be too expensive for most households so we’re pleased to be working with Carillion enabling Northfield residents to make their homes energy efficient.”

Stuart goes on to say that “local council houses were built over 80 years ago and were never designed to be energy efficient. These installations will reduce emissions and households could expect to use less than half the amount of gas, generating a potential average saving of £450 a year.”

Anyone living in the Trescott area of Northfield should look out for Northfield Ecocentre’s advisors to get the process started!

The Ecocentre are offering people the opportunity to view solid wall insulation and find out about the process with an open day on Saturday 14th July.

Luke Olly, Project Manager explains: “As part of a previous project a house in Chatham Road received free external solid wall insulation and the homeowners are opening their house to the public to see the finished work. Ecocentre advisors will be there to give people advice and talk them through the process.”

This project is available to anyone living on the following roads: Frankley Beeches Road, Fitzroy Road, Steene Grove, Trescott Road, Wilden Close, Tetbury Grove, Borrowdale Road, Hare Grove, Norrington Road, Masonleys Road, Berwick Grove.

For further information about the Home Makeover Project or Northfield Ecocentre please visit www.northfieldecocentre.org call 0121 448 0119 or email enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org

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