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Karbon Homes begins £2.5 million energy work ‘that could save residents 40 per cent on bills’

A housing provider has started £2.5 million energy efficiency work it says will slash residents’ bills by as much as 40 per cent.

Karbon Homes is rolling out a retrofit programme across County Durham and Northumberland.

Delivered alongside Durham County Council and Northumberland County Council, bosses say 90 properties in the villages of Ouston and Otterburn will benefit from upgrades including external wall, cavity, loft and underfloor insulation, new roofs and solar panels.

RE:GEN Group is delivering the County Durham work, with Eon overseeing the Northumberland element.

Anthony Bell, Karbon’s assistant director of asset and regeneration said: “With the cost of energy rising fast, our work to improve the efficiency of our homes has never been more important.

“This significant investment, made possible thanks to support from our local authority partners, will reduce the energy demand from these 90 homes and in turn reduce carbon emissions.”



Dave Newitt, director of Eon’s energy installation services division, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Karbon Homes to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the Otterburn region.”

Brian Bedford, head of sustainability at RE:GEN Group, added: “The results will not only provide residents with a warmer, more comfortable home at just the right time, but this work will also help with alleviating the current pressures felt with the rising energy costs contributing to fuel poverty in the North East.”

The programme has been supported by the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, which was established to help social housing providers improve energy performance of homes.