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Warm welcome for eco-friendly homes in Sunderland

Gentoo project manager Scott Wilkinson with Fred and Gladys Lamb, outside their home in Springwell.

Gentoo project manager Scott Wilkinson with Fred and Gladys Lamb, outside their home in Springwell.

RESIDENTS are set to be nice and warm – and save hundreds of pounds per year on heating bills – after their homes were made more energy efficient.

One hundred homes on the Gentoo estate in Springwell have seen external wall insulation installed and some houses have received double glazed windows.

The scheme had initially hit a hurdle last November, after the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding was withdrawn by the supplier just two weeks before work was due to start. But Gentoo managed to recruit EDF Energy, which was able to secure the funding to start work in early January.

“Our home was hard to heat and we were forced to budget how much we spend on our energy bill because it’s so expensive,” said residents Fred and Gladys Lamb. “We are absolutely delighted with the work that has been done.”

Gentoo Green director Sally Hancox said: “It was a major blow when the ECO funding was withdrawn last November as it left some of the coldest homes in Sunderland unable to benefit from much needed insulation. Thanks to the team coming together, we were able to achieve what we set out to do.”

 

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