Local people trained to install energy saving device on social housing

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Staff from Wigan Council

An innovative and eco-friendly device that helps cut household bills is set for a further rollout thanks to a Wigan Council partnership.

Thermocill working alongside the local authority now has a team trained up to install the product which sits on window sills to help energy efficiency.

In October, Wigan Council committed to fitting Thermocill products in 2,000 of its stock of social housing to support tenants in saving money, while helping the council reach its ambition of achieving net zero by 2038.

Thermocill is a window board made from 100 per cent recycled nylon. These boards keep rooms warmer for longer, reducing energy bills, improving air quality and helping to reduce carbon emissions.

Now training programmes have taken place and will continue to roll out over the coming months to train and employ local people to fit the device, creating jobs in the community.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for environment at Wigan Council, said: “We’re pleased that we’re one of the leading councils in supporting Thermocill and that we are providing residents in the borough with the opportunity to learn how to fit the windowsill and gain employment.

“Protecting our environment is really important to us here at Wigan Council and we have ambitious climate targets to reach, so we’re excited to see what happens as our partnership continues to grow.”

When properties owned by Wigan Council become vacant, Thermocill will be fitted in these properties as part of scheduled refurbishment work that is carried out before new tenants move in.

The device is passive, requires no maintenance or input from the householder, and  is fitted beneath any window sill located above a radiator.

It is designed to direct the air from the radiator up and against the window panes creating a curtain of warm air in front of the glazing. This both reduces the amount of cold air entering the property and warm air escaping through the windows. 

Councillor Susan Gambles, portfolio holder for housing, added: “As we know energy prices are rising at an alarming rate and we need to do what we can to help reduce energy bills.

“Thermocill will help council tenants to keep the cost of energy bills down.

“This innovative product can be fitted quickly with very little disruption to the occupants, which is an added bonus, making a big change with little inconvenience. 

“We’re a very proactive council and we’re proud to be leading the way in responding creatively to issues.”

Find out more about Wigan Council’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis > wigan.gov.uk/ClimateChange