Southampton City Council has just completed upgrading 72 homes with new High Retention Storage Heaters; this was externally funded by the LAD (Local Authority Delivery) scheme. This is in addition to new heaters being installed by Housing Operations over the next five years.
The programme has been supported by a Government grant funding of £198k, which is in addition to the planned investment this year of £2.6m by Southampton City Council. The Government’s grant funding has allowed the council to upgrade an extra 72 homes.
The new High Retention Storage Heaters reduce energy consumption by over 20% and will have a significant impact on reducing residents’ energy costs. The council aims to try and help shield residents from energy price increases as much as possible.
The replacement of old night storage heaters is part of a much wider programme of improving the energy efficiency of residents’ homes. This year, the planned investment for improving energy efficiency is £7.2m.
The energy efficiency works in residents’ homes across the city aims to get all our homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2035. Improving the energy performance of our homes will form an important part of the UK’s transition towards Net Zero emissions and Southampton City Council’s Greener City ambition.