An entire street is boosting green status following a half a million pound investment by Dacorum Borough Council.
The money was spent on 64 council homes in Seaton Road, Hemel Hempstead, to improve energy efficiency and reduce the cost of energy bills for householders.
Work included applying external wall insulation, replacing roofs, installing solar panels and upgrading loft insulation.
Sally Chase, who lives in one of the homes, said: “We have had a new roof, loft insulation, new exterior doors plus the outside of the house has been covered with insulated cladding. The house feels much warmer and less draughty. I’m very happy with the improvements.”
Following the eco work, the council has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the National Housing Maintenance Forum.
Assistant director for housing at the council Elliott Brooks said: “By carrying out the work to all homes in one street at one time, we have managed to provide value for money on our major works programme and reduced future disruption to tenants by carrying out repairs bit by bit. This has also had the added benefit of transforming the aesthetics of the entire street, making it a place where residents can be proud to live.”
The council has budgeted another £25 million to continue to renovate its homes next year.
Mr Brooks said: “This, along with the completion of the first new council homes in 20 years in March, will ensure that we are providing quality homes for those most in need.”
The success of the green project means work has already been extended to neighbouring streets including Runham Road and Wood Crescent.
A new project has also been initiated at Summer Court in Old Town. The flats there are being refurbished and a biomass wood pellet boiler, which should provide cheap power for residents.
As more flats in the area are refurbished they will also benefit from the boiler, which is the first of its kind in the borough.
Summer Court will also have an upgraded bike store, drying area, bin stores and safe play area.