2014 - February 2014

Warmer Residents and 39% Lower Fuel Bills – 24/02/14

12 months after rural properties in Weaverthorpe near Scarborough switched to renewable energy, residents are reporting that they’re much warmer and on average they’re saving up to 39% per annum on their fuel bills.

The ‘Warming Weaverthorpe’ project, which was named ‘Sustainable Smaller Housing Retrofit Project of the Year’ at the Sustainable Housing Awards 2013, saw our Renewables Division, Tropo, install 10 ground source heat pumps in the homes owned by Yorkshire Housing.

Explains Jen Smith from Yorkshire Housing: “Each of the properties previously relied on solid fuel to deliver heating and hot water. This method was problematic for many reasons with residents telling us their open fires were often smoky, required constant maintenance and weren’t effective in heating the entire house.

“We installed ground source heat pumps in 17 properties in Sherburn in 2011 and residents there saw a similar reduction in running costs and improved comfort levels. So, when we secured funding for Weaverthorpe through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), a ground source heat pump project was top of our list. At the same time as installing the heat pumps, we carried out draught proofing and insulation to enhance the energy efficiency of the homes. This project also complemented our Environmental Strategy: to reduce fuel poverty and improve the thermal performance of our homes through insulation and improved heating.”

“When Yorkshire Housing ran a survey in January this year, they identified on average a 39% reduction on annual fuel costs with residents spending, an average of £1172 per annum for total energy use after the heat pumps were installed (Jan 2013 – Jan 2014). We’re really happy with the results from such a project.”

Ryan O’Loughlin, Managing Quantity Surveyor for Tropo

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