Council tenants in Netherfield benefit from reduction in energy bills

Council tenants in Netherfield benefit from reduction in energy bills

Pictured: Cllr Emily Darlington visiting the properties to see how the work is progressing

Energy bills for council tenants in Netherfield are falling significantly as Milton Keynes City Council installs high quality energy efficiency upgrades to more than 300 council homes in the area.

External insulation is being installed in city council homes in Netherfield, alongside window and door upgrades to industry-leading standards. Roofs are also being replaced to include high performance insulation, with the first residents to have the work done already benefitting from significant reductions in their energy bills.

MK City Council obtained planning permission for the major programme earlier this year, after it successfully secured national funding. The project is part of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) to improve the energy performance of over 1,500 council homes, worth just under £10 million.

This initial phase of work in Netherfield is expected to completed early next year and the city council has had another major bid approved to deliver upgrades in other areas to more than 1,600 homes. Based on current rates, tenants could save more than £400 on their energy costs from this programme, as well their homes being more comfortable in the heat of summer.

“We’re pleased with the progress being made in Netherfield and it’s fantastic to hear that our tenants are already seeing reductions in their energy bills. We’re determined to deliver better homes for our tenants which will make a lasting difference for them and their families. This is a major, city-wide project that we’ll be rolling out across several areas in our aim to create a fairer, healthier and greener Milton Keynes.”
- Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, Cllr Emily Darlington