Sheltered housing blocks across Portsmouth are now benefitting the environment as well as vulnerable residents, thanks to innovative plans from Portsmouth City Council.

The plans have seen energy saving measures installed in five sheltered housing blocks across the city. The measures include fuel cells to complement the solar panels, insulation and low energy lighting already in place. The buildings are now so energy efficient that some can run entirely on renewable energy on sunny days.  

As a result, not only do those living in the blocks save on energy bills, the blocks themselves have seen their carbon emissions cut by a total of 100 tonnes a year.

The blocks benefiting from the scheme include Bresler House in Paulsgrove, Ian Gibson Court in Somerstown, Tweed Court and St Clares Court in Leigh Park and Connors Keep in Waterlooville.

Speaking about the success of the scheme, Councillor Darren Sanders, the Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

"I am delighted that, yet again, the Council is helping tackle the climate emergency we face. The improvement in these blocks has been remarkable over a relatively short space of time, but we will not stop there. Further innovative technologies such as battery storage, smart heating controls and gas absorption heat pumps will lower emissions still further and I want to see them expanded so everyone living in blocks like these will benefit."    

The Council's Sheltered Housing Manager, Alison Croucher said:

"Many Sheltered Housing residents take a keen & active interest in environmental matters and are pleased that their views are sought and the schemes that they live in are contributing towards green energy.

Following work with the council's in-house Energy Services team, the schemes now offer a more comfortable and efficient climate which is beneficial to our residents, visitors and staff as well as the wider world."

In recent years, Portsmouth City Council has invested heavily in energy services, specifically renewable generation and energy efficiency for homes and local organisations. News of the completed installation comes shortly after the council was crowned 'Council of the Year' for Energy Efficiency at the 2019 South East Awards.

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