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Great Places’ pilot in Trafford helping rethink approach to improving energy efficiency

POSTED: 2/12/2020

Carol Valentine in Energy Efficiency Scheme


Our Environmental Team’s ground-breaking work with Knauf Energy Solutions (KES) and Knauf Insulation Northern Europe (KINE) on the renovation of 28 of our homes in Trafford is helping pave the way for a radical new approach to making UK homes more energy efficient and millions of families more comfortable.

Carol Valentine, is one of our customers that has benefited from the scheme.  Carol whose two-bedroomed home was renovated, says she used to wear extra clothes to keep warm when it was cold.  “Now I can really feel the difference,” she explained.

Following the work, all 28 of the buildings that were part of this pilot scheme were continuously assessed by machine-learning sensors to deliver real life information on the improvements to energy efficiency and savings. The results were significant. The energy efficiency of the average home was found to have been improved by 31% — adding up to energy savings of £400 a year.

Overall, across all the buildings, energy efficiency improved between 20% to 51% creating energy savings of between £228 and £660.

The project highlights how similar works can represent a real return on investment for our customers and can go a significant way to helping us realise our 10 year ambitions to improve the energy efficiency across our homes and achieve  an Energy Efficiency Performance rating of C for all our homes by 2028 helping  lowering running costs for our customers and reducing the incidence of fuel poverty.

Commenting on the results of the recent pilot, Matt Harrison, Chief Executive at Great Places, said:

Working in partnership with Knauf and using real time data, this project has helped us to demonstrate the savings in terms of carbon and money for our customers.