An innovative scheme to install energy efficiency measures at a park home site in Elton, Cheshire is lifting vulnerable residents out of fuel poverty. The scheme is being managed by Cheshire West and Chester Council, part funded by National Energy Action. Approved installer Cornerstone have installed the Alumasc Swistherm EWI system improving thermal performance and providing an aesthetic transformation to the homes.
On average, park home residents are older and on lower incomes than the general population, and as a result, are more likely to be in fuel poverty. Due to technical challenges and a historical lack of funding, this is the first significant subsidised energy efficiency scheme in Cheshire West and Chester to target park homes.
Orchard Park is situated in a rural off-gas area within Cheshire 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.
Site surveys and consultations with residents commenced in late 2015, with all measures on course to be completed by the end of April 2016. 48 properties will receive external wall insulation, with loft and underfloor insulation also installed where possible, along with heat recovery units fitted in 15 of the properties.
Monitoring of the thermal performance of the park homes before and after the installation of insulation and heat recovery units is being undertaken by National Energy Action. The installation of a range of product combinations will enable National Energy Action to make direct comparisons between the solutions, which will inform best practice in park home retrofit on a national basis.
All properties receiving insulation will feel considerably warmer. Residents will therefore use less energy in heating their homes, and will enjoy significant reductions in their fuel bills. The insulation will also refresh the external appearance of each park home.