Cheaper heating and hot water bills for 2,000 council properties
Published: Monday 27th March 17
From next week people living in 2,000 properties on housing estates across Wandsworth will see their annual heating and hot water bills slashed by ten per cent.
Lower energy bills for homes served by communal hot water and heating systems can be offered to these Wandsworth residents because the council has again managed to purchase its gas supplies in advance at very competitive rates.
The ten per cent reduction will come into effect from next week and covers the 12 month period up to April 2018.
Cllr Ellis: Council is delivering significant savings on fuel bills
The council’s energy procurement record has led to major cost savings for tenants and leaseholders in these 2,000 properties over the past eight years.
Bills for a one bedroom property are now 45 per cent lower than in 2009 while those living in homes with two bedrooms have seen their bills fall by 51 per cent.
These reductions have been achieved at the same time as costs for other domestic users have increased by around 20 per cent.
Thousands more tenants and leaseholders in Wandsworth are also benefiting from more energy efficient homes which has also helped drive down bills and carbon emissions.
A prolonged and comprehensive programme of improved cavity wall insulation, combined with new double glazed windows, plus investment worth £9m over the past four years on installing the latest generation of boilers and heating systems has also helped to significantly reduce energy usage.
Housing spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: This is great news for the thousands of people living on our estates whose central heating and hot water is provided by a communal boiler system.
“By planning ahead and purchasing our gas supplies at very good rates we have been able to deliver significant savings on our residents’ fuel bills for at least as far ahead as April 2018.
“And our ongoing work to make all our homes much more fuel and heat efficient means residents simply don’t need to use as much gas. That’s good for family finances and for the environment too.”
The council spends around £50m a year on improving and maintaining its housing stock. A large portion of this money is used to make estate homes more energy efficient.
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