Two thousand homes have now benefited from a £15.5m scheme to improve the energy efficiency of properties in Kirkby.
The Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) is a partnership between Knowsley Council and Wetherby Building Systems.
It allows private homeowners to have external wall insulation, loft insulation or a replacement boiler fitted in their home, subject to certain criteria.
The work is carried out free of charge to the homeowner and is funded by the energy companies.
The total value of the work carried out in Kirkby is more than £15.5m and it is estimated that the improvements will save 340,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the next 30 years.
The home owners could reduce their energy bills by up to £375 each year by installing external wall insulation, £80 by having a condensing boiler fitted and around £20 each year by installing loft insulation.
The 2,000th property to be improved is Matt and Jeanette Smith’s home on Brook Hey Drive in Kirkby.
The couple live in the semi-detached house with their four sons.
The Smith’s property has had a new boiler fitted and external wall insulation installed, as they hope to reduce their quarterly energy bill of over £800.
Jeanette said: “I’m really glad we had the work done. It was done very quickly and the workers were very tidy while they were in the house.
“We can really feel the difference and hopefully our energy bills will now start to come down. We are made up and would definitely recommend it to other people.”
“The scheme is really good news for residents as well because they are seeing significant savings on their energy bills at a time when household finances are being stretched.”
Wetherby Building Systems, market leaders in the design and supply of external wall insulation, acted as managing agents for the Kirkby project. Barrie Stanley, project funding manager at Wetherby, comments: “This is a momentous occasion for everyone involved in the regeneration scheme and it is fantastic to see that 2,000 homes in Kirkby have already benefited from this programme in the past 12 months.
“Installing our external wall insulation will not only see 2,000 households save substantial money on their energy bills, but it has also improved the aesthetic appearance of the properties, creating an attractive living environment for the entire community.”
Pictured: Matt and Jeanette Smith outside their home with (l to r): Simon Holmes from Acrobat Carbon Services, Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council Deputy Chief Executive Mike Harden and Barrie Stanley.