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|FUEL costs are being slashed in housing
trust properties as solar panels are installed in 30 more homes.
Renewable energy efficiency initiatives have been introduced in the
rural Chester & District Housing Trust properties
In Broxton, solar water heating panels have been fitted as a more
environmentally acceptable solution to gas, which will improve
efficiency and reduce fuel costs for residents.
The use of solar panels is part of CDHT’S three year programme to
increase energy efficiency in their properties; in October last
year, CDHT spent more than £700,000 installing more efficient new
boilers to keep tenant energy costs down.
The trust is working in partnership with UK solar company Solar
Twin, which is based at Watergate Street, Chester to provide self
sufficient solar energy.
Dave Soothill, CDHT assistant director of Asset Management and
Development, said: “CDHT is aware of the impact that fuel prices
have on our residents and is committed to an affordable warmth
strategy that will reduce fuel poverty for tenants.
“We are investing heavily in energy efficiency and we are currently
fitting solar panels across some of our rural properties. This is
part of our work with partners to secure funding for other energy
efficiency measures to our properties.
“We hope all of these efforts will assist our tenants throughout the
winter and make a positive impact on allowing our residents to avoid
fuel poverty. Solar heating reduces carbon emissions and fuel
poverty, as well as giving our properties greater energy efficiency
for the winter.
“We are also pleased to be supporting local sustainability in terms
of Solar Twin, which is a Chester based business.”