A Merseyside project to make thousands of homes more energy efficient has received a major funding boost.

REECH, which installs energy efficiency measures in social housing across the region, has been allocated an additional £5.1m European Regional Development (ERDF) funding.

It is hoped the funding will take the total number of houses improved through REECH to 3,600 – with a total carbon saving of 16,000 tonnes during the lifetime of the scheme.

The Sefton Council-managed project is now in talks with a number of partner organisations to deliver these improvement works. It is expected that the project will draw in £12m investment from the private sector.

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “I’m very pleased that the REECH project has received this additional funding. Energy efficiency is high on our agenda and this support will help reduce fuel bills in some of the most deprived areas of Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region.”

REECH has so far improved 1707 homes, installed 13 different energy saving technologies, fitted 3,182 individual energy saving measures and saved an estimated 9,913 tonnes of carbon. Find out more on theREECH website.

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