Pilot scheme delivers savings for Essex households
A pilot scheme that has been underway for the last two years has helped to create savings of more than £1.5 million in local public services.
Operated by Thurrock Well Homes, the Thurrock Gazette reports approximately 950 homes have received additional home insulation and other energy-saving improvements since the launch of the initiative, with the improved quality of life for residents having helped to save the council thousands of pounds in health and other public service costs as a result.
Open to both privately-owned and rented property holders, the work to date has featured new heating systems for homes, as well as a focus on enhanced levels of insulation, new windows and doors, electrical rewiring and enhanced security measures.
Council leader Rob Gledhill, portfolio holder for housing, told the news provider: "Thurrock Well Homes carries out important work by helping residents in the borough and improving the quality of private homes and provide net savings to the public purse.
"We ask all clients whether they were satisfied with the service and I'm proud to say 100 per cent replied that they feel healthier and safer in their homes."
He added that due to the strong support that has been shown for the scheme to date, the council is now encouraging all local residents who feel they themselves, their family members or their friends could benefit from such work to come forward and take part.