Bicester homes set to get £170,000 in free green upgrades

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A group of 14 lucky households will get energy-saving home improvements worth a total of £170,000 as part of the Bicester Green Deal project.

The homes will have improvements installed for free in return for showing upgrades to other local people at open-house events in early June.

The Bicester element of the national Green Deal project is being managed by Cherwell District Council (CDC), sustainability charity BioRegional, and not-for-profit company Green Deal Together.

Eight local firms have been chosen fto carry out the upgrades.

Councillor Nigel Morris, CDC’s lead member for the environment, said: “In the current economic climate every penny counts.

“So it’s great that through this innovative scheme which sets out to save people money on their bills, we’re also able to give the local economy a boost by employing local businesses to carry out the work.”

A group of 100 Bicester homes will also get free energy usage assessments worth around £100, with around 80 having been completed so far.

The 14 homes chosen for free Green Deal upgrades will get a combination of energy-saving measures including solar panels, energy-efficient boilers, and wall and loft insulation.

Some town-centre businesses could also get energy-saving measures installed free-of-charge by demonstrating work to other local businesses as part of Green Deal.

The open house weekend is expected to be held across the weekend of June 1 and 2, with more information to be revealed closer to the time.