Warm Homes Programme Providing Jobs Boost For Dorset

Housing

Published at 12:32pm 18th May 2015.

It's claimed a programme which makes homes across Dorset warmer by "retrofitting" them with new energy measures has contributed over £13M to the local economy.

It's claimed a programme which makes homes across Dorset warmer by "retrofitting" them with new energy measures has contributed over £13M to the local economy.

Since it started in June 2012 - Ready For Retrofit - has installed more than 400 energy saving and renewable technologies in social housing schemes in Dorset.

58 new jobs in the county have been created and 34 businesses helped through a support programme that provides training and advice on how firms can bid for retrofitting work.

Jon Rattenbury, Ready for Retrofit Manager, said:

"Improving the energy performance of domestic housing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways in which we can reduce our carbon emissions.  It also helps to keep householders' fuel bills down.  We are proud that our programme has been such a success so far and we are now looking to expand our support to private home owners, landlords and tenants who are interested in retrofitting their homes.  Schemes like this needn't stop here; they can be replicated and built upon across the country."