Darlington Borough Council has unveiled a proposal to install energy efficiency measures in hundreds of homes, though residents will not see cheap energy as a result.
Instead, savings made as a result of the work will be passed on to the local authority by energy suppliers, the Northern Echo reports.
Although householders will not see cheaper bills as a result of the scheme, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at the council Chris McEwan said there are still several benefits, as it offers them warmer homes and helps the environment.
"It's a good idea because it's a win-win situation - a win for the environment and a win for the residents."
If the cabinet approves the proposal, around £5 million will be borrowed by the authority, with up to 1,500 homes set to receive measures such as insulation.
Elsewhere, the Liverpool Housing Trust recently received a grant of £115,000 that will be used to perform an audit across its properties to identify where energy efficiency improvements can be made.
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