Release Date: 28-Sep-2009
KNH's commitment to the ‘green agenda’ has been officially recognised as being among the best in the country.
KNH won the award for ‘best green initiative’ at the annual CORGI awards, which are considered the Oscars of the heating and plumbing industry.
Green initiatives like solar heating help our customers save money and also help the environment
Richard Garner, an energy officer for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing and author of the winning submission, accepted the award at a ceremony held in Coventry earlier in September.
In the past year, KNH have successfully bid for £13.6 million from Kirklees Council to install renewable energy systems in many of the council-owned houses managed by the company.
This will include installing solar energy systems in 49 all-electric homes and all four-bedroom houses and extending the use of air source and ground source heat pumps to other homes that are hard to heat.
KNH is also currently running a five year, £8.5 million project to fit thermal cladding on 1100 non-traditionally built homes.
The new technologies help to save energy, cut carbon emissions and save KNH customers money on their fuel bills – from £60 a year for solar systems to £120 a year for ground source heat pumps.
The work is considered so innovative that Hilary Benn MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, recently visited Kirklees to look at some of KNH’s initiatives.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This is a great achievement for KNH and everyone involved and adds to Kirklees’ growing reputation as a pioneer in the way we use solar and renewable energy. It’s also testament to our strong partnership with tenants, councillors and staff in developing creative and innovative ideas.
“The work of partners like KNH is vital to helping the council reduce its carbon footprint and tackle fuel poverty. Working together, we can make a real difference.”
KNH also have dedicated energy officers who visit tenants in their homes to give energy advice, help with fuel switching and advice on using their heating and hot water systems efficiently.
If you are a council tenant and would like a home visit from an energy officer, please call 01484 416733 to make an appointment.