Yarlington Housing Group’s Energy Efficiency Project has seen results from its first phase of works reach significantly higher than targeted.
Yarlington’s Energy Efficiency Project began in early 2019 and is committed to addressing fuel poverty across its housing stock, ensuring properties reach a minimum Band C on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) by 2025, five years ahead of the government’s 2030 target. The approach will ensure Yarlington’s properties are more efficient, cost effective, and help reduce customer fuel bills. The project is also informing Yarlington’s wider development of a low carbon strategy.
Following work carried out by Yarlington’s sub-contractor Low Carbon Exchange, the first phase of the project – properties in Chard, Somerset – has recorded results significantly higher than the project’s target. Before the work was carried out, the properties’ EPC recorded Band D and E on performance. Today, the homes record an EPC Band A and B.
On the results, Yarlington’s Head of Asset Management, Rose Bean, said:
“At Yarlington we pride ourselves on taking a proactive approach to defining standards. Our Energy Efficiency Project is off to a fantastic start, delivering much greater results than anticipated.
“It’s really important that fuel poverty remains on the housing sector’s agenda to ensure our customers live in good quality homes, that we support customers with fuel costs and also ensure we continue to be mindful of our impact on the environment.”
Results from the Chard properties have also shown a 40-60% reduction in home energy consumption and more than half the carbon emissions created, helping Yarlington reduce its customers fuel bills and reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint, supporting the government’s 2050 environmental targets.
In 2018 Yarlington brought in specialists Low Carbon Exchange to identify areas of high priority and carry out energy efficiency improvements using renewable technology. The works include the installation of solar panels, smart water heating, improved ventilation and draft proofing, fuel switching and additional insulation.