Home improvements save residents £88,000 a year

Upgraded Kingston housing
Conservative-controlled Kingston’s Better Homes programme has been highly commended.

A project to upgrade 326 ‘hard to heat’ Kingston homes is saving households a total of £88,000 per year and has been highly commended.

Conservative-led Kingston Council was highly commended by the  Energy Efficiency Awards in their Regional Large Scale Project of the Year category. It was second only to the Mayor of London’s RE:NEW scheme, which was introduced by Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson in 2009. The ambitious project saw the council’s Better Homes scheme, which exceeds the government’s standard for housing, tie in with a £308,000 fund from the Conservative government's Energy Company Obligation to improve energy efficiency.

Cathy RobertsCouncillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing at Kingston Council, said:

We are delighted to have been recognised for our transformational approach to improving our residents’ lives. We combined our efficiency works with our schedule of home upgrades so that we only had to disturb our residents once.
All of the works have a 25 year guarantee and save each household at least £270 a year, amounting to £88,000 across the 326 homes, which makes a huge difference. Previously classified as ‘hard to heat’ homes, the 1920s buildings on the Norbiton and Mount Pleasant estates are now energy efficient. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve homes across the borough.

Christine, a resident who has benefitted from the works, said:

Before we were spending £25 to £30 per week on our gas and electricity during the winter and we had to have our heating on day and night. But now, the exterior wall insulation that has been installed keeps the cold out and the warmth in and we're spending much less.

Judges considered the entries based on the scope of the work, with special emphasis being placed on the successful integration of government energy efficiency schemes, the impact on the community and the expertise of the delivery team.

Inter-war propertes, built when Kingston was expanding rapidly, feature solid walls which are cold and damp. Externally insulating and waterproofing the properties allows the solid walls to dry out, transforming the structure into a warm, dry thermal mass which is excellent for heat retention.
Kingston's Better Homes scheme is improving kitchens, bathrooms, electrics and heating as well as insulating these properties and replacing windows and doors. The insulation improvements have been supported by EDF Energy under the government-promoted scheme.
Upgraded housing EpsiTherm
Applying exterior insulation

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