SLH awarded £3.5 million to help fund major energy improvements to over 900 homes

South Lakes Housing (SLH) has been successful in securing £3.5m of match funding through the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF). 

SLH are delighted to be key part of a consortium led by Westmorland and Furness Council that has successfully attracted £5.1 million of funding from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave 2.1 to deliver a £10.3 million retrofit project across Cumbria.   

This funding is part of £778m allocated across England to help upgrade thousands of social homes to reach an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C-Rating. 

This vital funding will enable SLH to make significant progress in retrofitting and decarbonising 905 of our homes – work that not only cuts carbon emissions but will make residents’ homes more energy efficient, reducing energy use and bills.  

Reducing customers’ fuel costs and helping to address climate change, requires commitment – the commitment to resources, innovation and forward planning. This is a key part of SLH’s Business Strategy which sets out its ambition of all its homes achieving EPC ‘C’ rating by 2025, five years earlier than the Government imposed target. This is a fundamental milestone on our journey to ‘net zero’  by 2050.   

A range of energy-efficiency measures will be installed in almost a third of SLH homes, including external wall insulation, cavity insulation and double glazing, and some homes will also be fitted with solar panels and air source heat pumps. 

This investment will deliver results immediately and exponentially in terms of lower costs, reduced emissions, cleaner air and more comfortable, cheaper to run homes.  

Cath Purdy, Chief Executive of SLH said “It’s fantastic news we have secured £3.5m of funding in the second wave of the SHDF which will match-fund the significant investment we are making.
Decarbonising social homes has a fundamental role to play to meeting ours and the country’s net zero target.  This funding will make a real difference to our customers who live in the lowest energy performing homes and help us to provide warm, healthy homes in an environmentally sustainable way.”  

Eligible SLH customers will be contacted individually in the coming weeks by our team with details of the scheme and planned investment in their homes. 

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