RESIDENTS of a Whitby housing scheme will be using renewable technology to heat their homes rather than a conventional boiler.
The installation of air source heap pumps to 16 properties in St Hilda’s Court is expected to provide a more cost-effective way for residents to gain their hot water and heating, according to housing provider Thirteen.
It is said to be the first registered provider in the country to access the new HeatRHIght funding scheme. This was designed by Travis Perkins, and it is claimed to offer an effective way to fund, design and install sustainable energy efficient air source heat pumps.
The scheme works by trading seven years of government-funded renewable heat incentive payments for an upfront payment, making it easy to install technologies that cut fuel costs for customers, as well as reducing carbon emissions. As a result, Thirteen said it was able to recoup 50% of the overall capital cost of the scheme following completion; money that can be put towards delivering other such schemes elsewhere within its housing portfolio.
“This is one of the most efficient and reliable ways to heat a home and it’s becoming more popular as it is fully controllable by our customers,” said Russell Thompson, Thirteen’s executive director for property services.
“The team and our partners at Travis Perkins have done a great job. This is a fantastic example of partnership working. These properties in Whitby now have a heating system which meet the needs of our customers with easy to use controls.
“We’re always looking at how we can provide more efficient ways of keeping our customer’s heating bills as low as possible. With so many people facing fuel poverty and energy bills constantly rising this is one of our top priorities.
“By using this technology, people have just one fuel bill and a system that’s four times more efficient than a traditional gas heating system.”
Thirteen said it is now using the HeatRHIght scheme to install renewable heating systems at a variety of other properties across the Tees Valley, including accommodation for homeless families in Penrith Road, Middlesbrough.