£100 solar energy savings for North Lincolnshire Homes tenants in Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire Homes tenants will save around £100 on their annual energy bills thanks to a solar panel scheme.
Money-saving solar panels have been installed on more than 100 homes as part of the scheme.
To date, 114 homes in the Crosby area of Scunthorpe have received the work alongside external wall insulation – and a further 160 homes will soon benefit.
Tenants have welcomed the scheme.
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Melanie Davies had the solar panels fitted about four weeks ago.
The 39-year-old, from Boughton Avenue in Crosby, who has two boys aged 17 and 15, said she has already started to notice the savings.
She said: "I don't spend anything in the daytime and you cut your costs in the night.
"It has given us a new way of budgeting and financing.
"I could use up to £2 a day and now I am looking at using 40p to 50p a day.
"The boys use the television to play computer games and they go to football, so the washing machine gets used a lot."
Marie Barton had solar panels fitted six weeks ago.
The 31-year-old, also from Boughton Avenue, has five children and said: "It has made a lot of difference.
"I used to put £15 a week in the meter, but I now put in £7 and I still have some left."
And Charmayne Nash, 42, from Spencer Avenue had solar panels fitted on her roof in the summer. She lives at the property with husband Steve and two children aged 21 and 18.
Mrs Nash said: "We are hoping to see a big saving six months down the line.
"We use a lot of energy with the washing machine and my children play computer games. It is great that North Lincolnshire Homes are doing this."
So far, around £430,000 has been invested into the solar panel project, funded jointly by North Lincolnshire Homes and energy regulator Ofgem's Community Energy Savings programme.
The external wall insulation programme is part of the BIG Energy Upgrade project part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007- 2013.
The scheme comes 10 months after plans to install 3,000 panels on North Lincolnshire Homes properties were ditched because of a lack of Government funding.
Neil Webster, head of regeneration at North Lincolnshire Homes, said: "Every tenant should be able to maintain a warm home at an affordable cost. The installation of solar panels is only the latest in a raft of measures we have taken to address the issues of home energy efficiency."
Future plans include installing external wall insulation to more than 800 remaining properties of solid wall construction over the next 18 months.
Plans also include a further programme of installing gas supplies and heating into rural areas not on the gas network and the installation of renewable heating types such as air source heat pumps in areas where gas cannot be installed.