A project to make a Milton Keynes housing estate "greener" has won the approval of Energy Minister Greg Barker.
Almost 500 council owned homes on the Lakes Estate in Bletchley are undergoing refurbishment as part of a £7.7m project.
During a visit to the estate today, Mr Barker met with local residents and saw for himself the improvements being made to the 1960s terraces and bungalows.
Work includes installing double glazing, new insulation and cladding, replacing boilers and installing new warm flat roofs.
The refurbishment costs around £20,000 per property and takes between 6-8 weeks.
Sue and Dave Osborne, who've lived on the Lakes for 8 years are among the first residents to benefit.
There are 2,200 homes on the estate, half of them owned by Milton Keynes Council, but it is also hoped many private owners will take advantage of low cost loans to add the same improvements.
The Energy Minister says in future, private owners will be able to benefit from a new Government initiative.