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Building a sustainable future

Emma Gilbank is Connect’s Sustainability and Climate Change Manager. In this blog, she shares how Connect is influencing change across West Yorkshire to make communities more sustainable.


Emma Gilbank, Sustainability and Climate Change Manager

Homes are a really important piece of the puzzle when it comes to solving the climate crisis.

From the building materials used to the energy consumed, every aspect of our life at home has an impact on our planet’s health. We are influencing change across West-Yorkshire to make all our communities more sustainable, one brick at a time.

Energy-Efficient Homes 

We are taking measures to make homes more energy efficient. This includes installing better insulation, double glazing, and energy-efficient heating systems, like heat pumps. These improvements not only reduce energy bills for residents but also decrease carbon emissions, helping us combat climate change. We will be spending over £60 million pounds on making homes more energy efficient over the next 27 years, starting with the homes that are least efficient first.  

Renewable Energy Sources 

Installing solar panels on rooftops and using wind turbines to generate electricity are becoming more common practices in the region and we use green energy to power our offices and homes when they are empty. We already have solar panels on some homes and will be installing lots more soon! This green energy helps cut our emissions from fossil fuels to reduce climate change. 

Adapting to Climate Change 

Connect are looking at how we need to protect our homes and residents from the impacts of climate change. We are all seeing the extreme weather like heatwaves and heavy rainfall that have become very common, and will become more severe. We need to look at flood defences and shading in vulnerable areas.  

Tips for a Greener Home 

Conserve Energy: Turn off lights and appliances when not in use, and switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs – you’ll save money too! 

Support Renewable Energy: Consider a green tariff from your energy supplier, this energy comes from renewable sources. 

Plant a Garden: Even a small garden supports nature and contributes to a healthier environment. 

Engage with Your Housing Association: Fill in the form below to let us know if you’re interested in our sustainability initiatives and how you can get involved.

Remember, every small change adds up to a more sustainable future for West Yorkshire and beyond.  

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