MORE than 200 homes are to be given wall and loft insulation over the next six months.

Social landlord Derwentside Homes is to make energy efficiency improvements to some of its houses in Leadgate, Langley Park and Stanley.

Keepmoat has been appointed to carry out the work, which will provide more insulation and help residents save money on fuel bills.

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David Milburn, Partnering and Procurement Manager from Derwentside Homes, said: “This eco-project will improve the fuel economy of over 200 homes across North Durham and will help our tenants stay warmer.

“The new insulation will mean that they will not have to use up as much heating, which will hopefully save them money in the long term.”

Work is expected to cost around £2.3m, around £900,000 of which will come from Government grants.

Lee Francis, area director from Keepmoat, said: “We are pleased to be working with Derwentside Homes to improve over 200 homes and make them more fuel and energy efficient.

“We have carried out similar works on other properties across the North East and those tenants have already praised how much different their homes are and how they have saved money on their fuel bills.”