A £4.2 million investment has added triple-glazing, external doors and replacement boilers to cut carbon emissions at The Lanes.
Rotherham Council says the work will mean 1.5 tonnes less of CO2 annually — and an average fuel bill saving of £323 per year.
The changes were completed in six months by RMBC partner Equans on 215 homes at the East Dene estate, which was built in the 1950s and 60s. Nearly 50 homes had energy-efficient boilers fitted.
Pam Walker, a resident there for more than ten years, said: “I can already tell that it’s a lot warmer in here.
“My sitting room and bedrooms used to be freezing. I needed to have the electric fire and the central heating on to get warm.
“Now I only need a little bit of central heating for part of the day and the rooms heat up fast, and they stay warm.”
The improvements were made possible thanks to a £4.2 million investment, including £1.14 million RMBC secured from the Government’s Green Homes scheme.
Cllr Amy Brookes, cabinet member for housing, said: “The improvements will have a real impact in making homes more comfortable and cutting heating bills. Given the recent increase in energy prices, this will be even more vital this coming winter.
“It’s good news in terms of meeting our borough’s environmental targets as heating homes is one of the biggest sources to domestic carbon emissions.”
The Lanes Community Centre was also improved during the works. RMBC has bids in for more cash to improve its stock elsewhere in the borough.