Innovative Scheme To Prevent Fuel Poverty

Innovative Scheme To Prevent Fuel Poverty

A number of park homes at Wyldecrest’s Orchard Park, similar to those pictured, have undergone insulation improvements

A number of park homes at Wyldecrest’s Orchard Park, similar to those pictured, have undergone insulation improvements

An innovative scheme to install energy efficiency measures at a park home site in Elton, Cheshire has lifted vulnerable residents out of fuel poverty.

Managed by Cheshire West and Chester Council and part funded by National Energy Action, this is the first significant subsidised energy efficiency scheme in the area to target park homes.

Orchard Park is situated in a rural off-gas area and contains 109 privately owned park homes. All residents with non-insulated properties expressed interest in the scheme, with those living in the oldest park homes prioritised for works.

In total, 52 of the most energy inefficient properties received insulation measures by approved installer Cornerstone.

Critical to the success of the project was the support of site owner Wyldecrest and the buy-in of Site Manager Ann Raywood.

Ann commented: “Every single resident expressed interest in the insulation scheme – it has been so popular and made such a difference to the living conditions of our residents. I hope more residents are able to benefit from schemes like this in the future.”

GREEN LIGHTS FOR UK HOLIDAY PARKS

The Waveney River Centre in Beccles, Norfolk, is one of 600 holiday parks to be recognised by Professor David Bellamy’s Conservation Awards.

GREEN LIGHTS FOR UK HOLIDAY PARKS

Some 600 holiday parks in the UK have been recognised by world-famous botanist David Bellamy in the annual David Bellamy Conservation Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the scheme champions green tourism in Britain and celebrates holiday parks that go the extra mile to protect and nurture the natural environment.

“Many of these parks have created incredible wildlife wonderlands for holidaymakers to explore, and which are especially important for teaching youngsters about conservation,” said Professor Bellamy.

The parks that take part in the scheme are regularly assessed by a team of wildlife experts, focusing specifically on land management, recycling, energy resources and involvement with the local community. Three levels of excellence can be achieved: gold, silver and bronze.

“I’ve been amazed at some of the initiatives I’ve found as I’ve travelled around the country, and these awards give parks the credit they deserve for putting sustainability high up on their business agendas,” added Bellamy.

Holiday parks that improve their carbon footprint are in a win, win situation. Sites that focus on reducing energy consumption not only help the environment but also reduce their costs in the form of lower energy bills. Companies that emphasise the fact that they are attempting to be environmentally friendly can gain the favour of like-minded consumers.

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