Work goes on to help reduce energy bills

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment.
Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment.

Residents are being reminded of help to reduce their household bills.

North Tyneside Council’s partnership with Warm Zone hit a milestone when the value of works installed and savings for residents since September 2013 topped the £2m mark.

In addition the authority’s work with iChoosr, to deliver three collective energy switching schemes for residents, has saved households more than £58,000.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “Summer is not normally the time when householders think about saving money on gas and electric bills, but by thinking ahead they can help cut bills when the weather turns colder.

“Our officers are working very hard to ensure that households across the borough have the opportunity to reduce their energy bills and help reduce our carbon footprint as a borough.

“We have already successfully enabled residents to save £58,000 on gas and electricity bills through our partnership arrangements with iChoosr.

“In addition our North Tyneside Warm Zone has saved households over £200,000 per year on energy bills through installing energy efficiency measures.”

Further plans are in the pipeline to ensure residents maximise the efficiency of the gas and electricity consumption.

The council is looking to secure grant funding to carry out a large scale trial of new energy efficiency products in its council homes.

It is currently putting together a proposal to attract grant funding to install a number of measures to make hot water heating systems more efficient. The proposal will also outline the use of electricity reduction technologies. If successful the practical project work will commence in October.

The council are also currently working to secure a new programme of solar panel installation for council housing tenants, public buildings and schools as well as offering opportunities for private home owners.

The approach will secure solar panels on around 3,500 domestic properties across the borough where suitable.