Page last updated on 09/8/2011
Energy efficiency drive at council’s Sheltered Housing Schemes
SURVEYS are underway at several of the council’s Sheltered Housing Schemes to look at ways of improving energy efficiency.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s housing officers have teamed up with the Energy Savings Trust to look at Llys Glanymor, Clos Llanfiangel, and Llwyn yr Ynys Sheltered Schemes.
The aim is to identify ways of making the buildings more efficient to run, reducing their carbon footprint and also helping to reduce fuel bills for residents and the council.
Officers have already identified smaller scale improvements, such as upgrading internal and external lighting to LED or movement activated lighting in communal areas, which will switch off when the area is not in use.
They will also look to ensure all radiators have valve controls so that those in stairways and corridors can be turned down, and also at loft insulation for communal areas to improve their thermal rating.
Larger scale improvements could include looking at boiler systems and installing solar thermal units where suitable.
Home Improvement Manager Jonathan Willis said: “We are looking at making several improvements at our Sheltered Housing Schemes as part of the £203million Carmarthenshire Homes Standard. Initially, we are making investigations at three of the schemes, which will allow us to identify improvements which could possibly be rolled out across all schemes.”
Cllr Hugh Evans, Executive Board Member for Housing, added: “We take energy efficiency very seriously. Not only will it make the lives of residents in our Sheltered Housing Schemes more comfortable, it will save them – and us – money of fuel bills.
“We are committed to identifying such improvements, and will continue to look at various ways of making our buildings fit for the future.”