Could your street be a leader in low-cost, low-carbon living?
BHESCo are launching a brand new competition to find a suitable neighbourhood in Brighton and Hove to take part in an energy saving and solar power programme.
The UK has some of the oldest housing in Europe, making it particularly vulnerable to the recent energy crisis. A sharp spike in gas and electricity bills in 2022 meant millions of families across the country had to choose between heating and eating, and the removal of Government support means the winter ahead will be just as hard.
In addition to the impact on our health and our family budgets, poor quality housing is making it harder for Brighton and Hove to meet its environmental targets. Housing makes up 40% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions and is a huge contributor to climate change.
Kayla Ente, CEO and founder of BHESCo said:
“For too long, Governments have failed to address the need to modernise our homes, leaving thousands of households in our city worried about high energy costs and another tough winter ahead.
To tackle the issue, BHESCo have developed a way to improve a whole street at a time, upgrading the insulation of homes and installing rooftop solar power for no upfront cost”.
With funding provided by the Greater South East Net Zero Hub, BHESCo are offering an opportunity for one neighbourhood in the city to be part of a demonstration project aiming to show how a street level, community-led improvement programme can provide the scale and scope that is so desperately needed.
The project hopes to reach a minimum of 100 households on a street and to install rooftop solar PV on at least 50 homes.
Where possible, the programme will make use of Government support programmes like the Great British Insulation Scheme to help reduce costs for eligible homes. Households will also be encouraged to participate in a community solar power programme where solar panels can be installed at no upfront cost.
Anyone interested in nominating their street for the competition is invited to find out more and apply at https://community.bhesco.co.uk/.
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