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HEART-WARMING: Elderly resident from Abbots will be warm this winter thanks to scheme

 Published on: 20th August 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new council scheme will make the life of an elderly Abbots residents far more comfortable this winter.

Lesley Clark (pictured), 88, of Deans Close, has had his house fitted with wall insulation, which will keep it warmer than ever in the winters ahead. 

The change is thanks to Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) and Watford Borough Council’s (WBC) new Green Homes Grant scheme.

When Lesley Clark moved into his Abbots home 60 years ago, it was heated by just one hot water tank in the kitchen, one radiator, and a coal fire. In the intervening years, Lesley and his late wife Beryl raised six children in the house, which has had many improvements over the years, including central heating. But Lesley is confident the latest work will make all the difference.

The 88-year-old former Rolls Royce employee said: “Now I am getting older, I do feel the cold. Rather than putting a blanket over me, I’ll have a warmer house. The outside wall in the winter was like a block of ice before – now it will be much more cozy.”

The external wall insulation fitted to Lesley’s house could save him around £225 per year on heating bills and reduce domestic carbon emissions by approximately 930kg CO2 per year.

Other residents can also benefit from the scheme. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for homes to receive energy efficiency measures such as external wall insulation, for free, in one of the biggest grant-funded retrofit programmes to date. 

Under the scheme, households can also apply to have fully funded solar panels installed.

The Green Homes Grant scheme aims to help the country become carbon neutral by 2050, while also helping households save money on energy bills, stay warm in winter, cool in summer, and reduce their carbon footprints.   

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