Project REECHes Key Milestone

A groundbreaking project to make homes more energy efficient has just completed its 1,000th property.

The REECH initiative (Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Community Housing), aims to reduce fuel bills and energy waste across Merseyside and Halton.   Working with housing providers, and managed by Sefton Council, REECH will refurbish over 2,000 homes with a range of measures in a £15million scheme.

The 1,000th property is home to Helena Partnerships tenants Leanne Price, Mark Higgins and their daughter Jasmine. It is one of 650 on the Four Acre estate in St Helens to benefit from the scheme known as retrofitting.   The Four Acre properties, built in the 1960s and 1970s, have received exterior wall insulation and other energy saving measures including combination boilers, air tightness measures, voltage optimisation and LED lighting. The aim is to reduce fuel bills by up to 25%.

Cllr Ian Maher, Chair of the REECH Steering Group, said: “We are delighted to reach this important milestone and will press on with improving energy efficiency at many more homes across the region.   “Our aim has been that the increased demand for green technologies has provided new business opportunities for local suppliers and contractors working in the green energy sector.   “In turn, these technologies will benefit the environment by reducing the amount of carbon that households produce.”

Four Acre resident Mark Higgins said: “We’ve lived on the estate for seven years and have seen a big change since the exterior wall insulation was installed.   “Every street looks brighter and cleaner now which has inspired people to start taking more pride in their gardens and outside areas too.   “More people want to live on the estate now as the houses look like new.”

REECH is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded project aimed at improving energy efficiency in some of the most deprived communities in Merseyside and Halton.

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