Making our homes more energy-efficient

Posted on 23 March 2023

We’ll be carrying out energy efficiency work to 950 of our homes, thanks to a successful £40m Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund bid by the Greener Futures Partnership (GFP). We’re one of the five GFP partners, together with Anchor, Abri, Home Group and Sanctuary.

The GFP plans to retrofit 5,600 homes with a total planned investment of more than £90m.

The funding, from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, is the third highest allocation at £40.4m and means the GFP can now start its two and half year retrofit project.

Luke Driscoll, our Asset Management and Sustainability Director, said: “This is great news for Hyde customers and the GFP. Improving the energy efficiency of our homes will make a big difference to our customers’ cost of living and quality of life. It also helps us take a big step towards our ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

“For the GFP, this funding moves us closer to achieving our aims of having an agreed and tested approach to delivering sustainable housing, using our strong partnership to procure services; building skills and capacity in the sector, improving energy efficiency and creating healthier homes.”

Through the project, the GFP plans to increase Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of homes at scale, especially those most in need. The aim is to improve the buildings’ thermal performance, while also reducing carbon emissions and minimising customers’ fuel bills.

We’ll install external wall, cavity wall and loft insulation, and new energy-efficient double glazing, as well as replacing front and rear doors.

We’ll also replace heating and hot water systems with renewable technology such as air source heat pumps, and solar panels with battery storage.

Monitoring equipment will also be installed to help us measure how successful retrofit works have been in terms of reducing carbon and increasing thermal performance.