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SARH hailed as climate change champions in green awards

A £3.4 million project to make homes in the Highfields area of Stafford more energy efficient has been recognised with a special environmental award.

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) was named ‘Climate Change Champion’ in Stafford Borough Council’s Green Awards for its work to reduce the carbon footprint of over 300 homes in the Highfields area through a national Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

“The improvement programme aims to cut the carbon emissions of our homes in Highfields at the same time as helping customers to reduce their energy bills,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH.

“The project is making a positive impact in the community and I’m delighted that it has been recognised in these awards.”

CESP is a joint initiative between the government, energy suppliers and power generators that will see a total of £350 million invested in energy efficiency measures to homes across the country over three years.

SARH received £2million from British Gas through CESP and also put in £1.4million of its own funds to invest in energy efficient improvements in Highfields including new energy efficient condensing boilers, conversion of some homes from electric heating to gas and additional loft insulation and external cladding.

Customers were also be given advice about what they can do themselves to make their properties more energy efficient.

Stafford Borough Council’s Green Awards recognise good environmental practice shown by businesses, schools, community groups, faith groups, farmers and landowners and other organisations in the Stafford borough.

SARH also received a commendation in the ‘Community and Wellbeing’ category for its staff’s efforts to help Blessed William Howard School revamp its memorial garden during a ‘Getting Out There Day’ to mark SARH’s fifth birthday.

Another commendation was received by SARH in this category for a project to help customers living at Jubilee Court Extra Care Scheme to set up a special ‘residents’ garden’ where they can grow their own fruit, vegetables and plants.

“This success highlights our efforts to be as environmentally responsible as possible and we will continue working hard to make sure SARH and its homes as energy efficient and eco friendly as we can,” said Karen Armitage.

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