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Rural dwellers could save up to £500 on energy bills

Published: Fri, 3 Jan 2014
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Initial savings are already being made by tenants
Coleraine cottage
Rural cottage dwellers are taking part in an energy efficiency pilot scheme in Coleraine which could save up to £500 on their annual energy bills.
We've launched the pilot scheme at three of our pre-1919 rural cottages; two at Bog Hill Road and another at Ballaghmore in Portballintrae in the Causeway area.
The scheme, which began in March of this year, saw external insulation provided as well as replacement windows and doors, fascia, soffit, gutters, downpipes and loft insulation. The pilot  will help us develop our policy on refurbishment for other solid wall properties across Northern Ireland, according to Energy Conservation Manager, Noel Rice.
He said initial results show that savings are already being made by tenants.
"Energy bills before and after the work are being monitored. The completed energy performance assessments of the first property have indicated potential savings in heating, lighting and hot water costs of up to £518 per year.
"Additionally, there has been a carbon dioxide emission reduction of 2.4 tonnes per dwelling and the overall energy use in the cottage reduced by nearly 44 per cent.
"It’s our intention to monitor the energy costs of these three properties," he added.
One of the tenants said the work had made a marked difference.
"I noticed the difference immediately after the work was completed on my home." she said. "The first thing I had to do was turn down the thermostat from 25 to 20 because the house is too warm!"