HOMES across Wiltshire will be able to boost their energy efficiency and save money as part of a multi-million-pound retrofit scheme - and the scheme has taken a step forward. 

Wiltshire Council has announced that it is looking for a specialist contractor to help deliver energy efficiency measures to up to 175 existing homes in the county.

Earlier this year, it secured a £3.6m grant and at its meeting on December 12, the council’s cabinet agreed to the project being provided by a single main contractor and so the procurement process will now commence.  

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Cabinet member for environment councillor Nick Holder said: “We want to ensure that this funding helps those who need it most, and bringing in an experienced specialist provider will help to ensure that."

To retrofit houses properly, all aspects must be considered including the house, heating and hot water requirements, ventilation, as well as those living in the property. If done correctly, additional funding may be available.

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Cllr Holder said: “If this project is a success, not only will it significantly improve the energy efficiency of some peoples’ homes, likely saving them money in the long run, but it will also mean we have a greater chance of accessing additional funding to allow us to do even more.  

“Our aim is for Wiltshire to be a place where we are on the path to be carbon neutral and to take responsibility for the environment. As a council and large organisation, we continue to lead from the front, and hopefully inspire others to take action.”

The funding enables the council to support retrofitting owner-occupied and privately rented homes not connected to mains gas and have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of band D-G subject to household income levels and includes renewable technologies such as solar PV, smart heating controls, heat pumps and wall and loft insulation.

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