European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment



Future-proofing homes against fuel poverty

Despite all previous efforts to lift low income households out of fuel poverty, due to energy costs rising faster than the general cost of living, fuel poverty is increasing. As a solution, the South East Wales Energy Agency set out to fully fund external wall insulation plus any other applicable measures to future proof homes against fuel poverty.



Country

Wales

Start Date

2010

End Date

2012

Website

www.sewenergy.org.uk

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This initiative comes from a publication of Managenergy

Presentation

Two areas in the City of Newport were identified through a city-wide Affordable Warmth Survey as having a high proportion of solid wall properties and households with low incomes, thereby putting them at high risk of fuel poverty.

Budget 

A total of €4.19 Million was secured

Results

The installation phase commenced in October 2010 and by the time it finished in March 2012 the agency had applied external insulation to 304 private homes, facilitated the fitting of over 100 solar pv systems, replaced 50 inefficient gas boilers, insulated 42 cavity walls and topped-up the insulation in over 100 lofts.

Replicability

The Welsh Government has announced a new round of Arbed funding. Current carbon reduction schemes are coming to an end, and will be replaced with the new Energy Company Obligation in October 2012. The successful delivery formula adopted in the scheme has enabled the agency to secure further funding to improve another 200 Hardto- Heat homes, which commenced in late August 2012.

Contacts
Organisation

South East Wales Energy Agency

Project contact

Andrew David