12 Jul 16

Energy efficiency project helps over 300 Social Housing tenants save money on energy bills

An award winning joint project between EDF Energy, Westdale Services Ltd and Rykneld Homes has helped 330 social housing tenants in North East Derbyshire save money on their energy bills and cut carbon emissions, thanks to the installation of a range of energy efficiency measures.

The project, which ran from June 2015 to January 2016, has seen the installation of insulation and double glazing into 330 hard-to-heat concrete built ‘REEMA’ properties in the North East Derbyshire area. (REEMA is a non-traditional type of housing construction used in the 1950s and 1960s.)

Westdale Services Ltd was appointed by Rykneld Homes Ltd to manage and deliver the energy efficiency improvements and the project was part funded by EDF Energy under the Energy Company Obligation.

The project has played a vital role in tackling fuel poverty in the local area by helping social housing residents live in warmer homes and save money on their energy bills, as well as providing a long-term regeneration solution for some of Rykneld Homes Ltd’s least energy efficient housing stock - and saving 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process.

Westdale Services worked closely with the onsite tenant liaison team to ensure that residents were kept fully briefed on the works, and made sure that disruption was kept to a minimum throughout the project with a well-planned schedule of installations.

Graham Wingfield, Rykneld Homes’ Head of Regeneration & Development commented: “We were impressed by Westdale’s overall control of the scheme. Their speed of response and decision making was refreshing, due mainly to their in-house workforce, and their strong, visible on-site presence.

“This project shows how community-wide regeneration should be done. Well done, with a simple and effective balance of colours and brick render detail, these ageing, non-traditional properties have overcome their technical difficulties to offer a more attractive and comfortable place to live, with energy performance levels equivalent to that of New-Build schemes.”

A local resident who has benefited from the scheme, Mr John Willis Smith at Alma Road, said: “It is brilliant, and what a saving on gas bills! The heat holds in for hours and you still feel warm all day. The look of the properties is excellent and it has made a big improvement to the whole estate.”

This successful project was completed ahead of time and on budget and has recently been awarded ‘Best Regional Large Project of the Year’ at the Yorkshire and Humberside Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards, on 14 June 2016. The awards celebrate the excellent work being done by the energy efficiency sector to help homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

Mark Dallen, Business Development Account Manager at EDF Energy said: “It’s great to get recognition for this successful project with an Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Regional Award for ‘Best large-scale Project’ in Yorkshire and Humber.

“This partnership with Westdale Services and Rykneld Homes is just one of a number of energy efficiency projects being funded by EDF Energy across the UK under the ECO scheme.”

Westdale Services Ltd also picked up the accolade of ‘Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year’ at the Yorkshire and Humberside Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards.

Adrian Bishop, Westdale’s Divisional Manager commented: “We’re delighted to pick up these two regional awards; both of which demonstrate our ability to deliver large-scale housing regeneration schemes, whilst also maintaining a focus on customer satisfaction and exemplar levels of quality installation.”

Westdale Services are currently working on the successive phase of regeneration in the nearby village of Renishaw, near Sheffield. 

For more information contact:

Lisa Ahmad
External Communications Manager
020 7752 2173
07875 110969

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to over 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/