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Homes Association Fits Solar Panels To Old Houses

Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) fit solar panels to the roofs of all the new properties that they build. However, they also possess a number of older properties with some being in excess of 70 years of age and, wherever possible, the association does not wish those residents to miss out on the opportunity to reduce their energy bills.

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Many of these older homes have or are to have solar panels fitted where it is felt to be viable in an effort to lower resident’s energy costs.

So far, Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) has installed solar panels on 50 properties in the area and intend to continue to fit more homes with solar panels this year. The cost is estimated to be in excess of a quarter of a million pounds but it is estimated by the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) that people living in the properties that are fitted with solar panels could save up to as much as 15 per cent on their gas bills.

Brian Stobbs, who is Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association’s  (DAMHA’s) head of asset management, commented: “All our new build properties come with the solar panels as standard, but we felt it was only fair to install the panels on as many of our older properties as possible.

“Unfortunately, we can’t provide them on every property due to factors such as where the houses are in location to the sun, but this is still a significant investment, as well as demonstrating our commitment to the environment.”

Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) own thirty-two mining houses in Easington where residents have been amongst the first to benefit from having solar panels fitted.

Hazel Whinn, 69, is one of the occupants in Hopper Street who felt that it was lovely to be able to benefit from modern technology that saves energy even though she lived in an elderly property. She can’t wait to benefit from, hopefully, seeing her heating bills come down.

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