In January 2015, egnida lead a project to retro-fit 159 fuel poor properties in Caerau, Maesteg. This included providing egnida’s unique whole house approach, identifying saving opportunities for each of the 159 homes that fall under the ECO2 scheme. Resulting in tangible savings being delivered through the work of local welsh contractors. The project was a huge success, providing a number of benefits to both homeowners and the wider community.
egnida installed Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) on 159 privately owned households. The installations were in homes that really needed it – the owners and tenants were those living in the most deprived areas of the county and were considered ‘fuel poor’ (where 10% or more of your income is spent heating your home).
As well as this, egnida installed new gas boilers and heating controls on many of the properties, removing the energy inefficient boilers and ensuring residents are safe in their own home. All installations were successfully completed on time and at no cost to the homeowner, leaving 159 homes warmer and more comfortable during the coldest months of the year. Those living in the houses also saw considerable savings on their energy bills, with a typical household saving of approximately £368 per year on their energy bills.
The ECO2 scheme is about working with the local residents and providing them with the reassurance that the work egnida is doing will help reduce their energy costs. egnida strive to provide residents with the best service possible, with staff available onsite throughout the entirety of the project to answer questions and discuss any issues. Below are some comments from the local residents of Caerau who have benefited from the ECO2 scheme:
Mrs Seward “I’m very pleased with the work, it’s great and it’s already started saving me money. The work is of a brilliant standard – Thank you so much”
Mrs Milburn “Excellent service and what I also liked was that they were on time for doing the work”
Mrs McCluskie “Sian in the office was very helpful and accommodating – great. Repaired roof tile – excellent job”
Mr Rees “Outstanding”
Mr Neil “Really chuffed – too good to be true”
egnida took a leading role in the development of a key community area in Caerau as part of the project, managing and re-developing the community garden. The project is at the heart of the community, providing benefits to a range of local parties, from schoolchildren, residents and the surrounding wildlife. There were a number of groups involved in the community project, donating an estimated 1,000 working hours to ensure the garden was finished on time.
As well as the community market, egnida also ran a water saving workshop in partnership with Dwr Water. The focus of the workshop was to help local residents better understand the funding available to them through the various schemes tailored to fuel poor customers. The turnout was fantastic, with local residents eager to take advantage of the advice and find out more about the help available.
“Bridgend County Borough Council were delighted to have secured the ECO2 tender, enabling us to tackle the effects of energy poverty in one of the most underprivileged communities in our local authority- Caerau Ward. This, being the first ECO2 award in Wales put Bridgend CBC under the spotlight and therefore there was a lot of pressure placed on the winning contractor, egnida to complete the client engagement, whole house energy surveys and remedial building & installation works in just three months.”
“The forecasted annual energy savings of £368 per household and gross savings of 3,380 tons of carbon reduction for the scheme were acknowledged as the anticipated outcome of a successful scheme, but egnida’s bid also included a large element of sustainable community engagement. Bridgend CBC were delighted with the fulfilment of the energy works to the 160 houses selected but also egnida’s commitment to the community benefit aspect of their bid.”
“egnida demonstrated professionalism throughout the project, meeting the local job creation agencies, rapidly training and mobilising a number of candidates from the community and securing the services of local scaffolding and building firms as sub-contractors. Bridgend CBC are pleased to confirm that the quality of engagement and the service to local residents was outstanding, clearly demonstrated by the trust and support egnida managed to secure with the Caerau community.”
“In summary, egnida’s resilience against such a tight schedule was impressive and the end result is a legacy that will benefit the residents for the next 20 years or more. The final confirmation of egnida’s commitment to the scheme and their community-minded approach was to participate in a joint “Business in the Community” Scheme where they and their supply chain partners all donated materials and their employees for a day to rejuvenate a dilapidated garden market at the heart of the community. The appreciation for the newly created wildlife pond, raised vegetable beds other remedial works for recreation purposes and education of the local school children was overwhelmingly confirmed by the local community and the Mayor and Councillor present on the day.”