Energy efficiency boost in pipeline for hundreds of Teessiders in £850,000 funded investment

Hundreds of people are set to benefit from a major project, spearheaded by Thirteen Group in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, to help residents avoid fuel poverty.

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16 Nov 2016

Funding of approximately £858,000, including around £429,000 from the Central Heating Fund, will see gas supplies installed in more than 280 properties, enabling the all-electric homes to benefit from new gas combination boilers. Other off gas properties, will benefit from Air Source Heating, a type of renewable technology central heating system, this could potentially save customers up to 30% of the annual energy bill.

Thirteen is working closely with Northern Gas Networks, the gas distributer for the north of England, to ensure that the early project planning stages will minimise the impact the programme of work has on tenants.

Paul Jenkins, Head of Asset Management at Thirteen, said: “This is part of our commitment to helping customers reduce their fuel bills.

“Fuel poverty is a significant worry for many people with all-electric heating systems and this investment will address those concerns.

“Securing funding and partnerships like this enables us to do more to benefit our customers and the communities in which they live.”

Thirteen tenant Heather Appleyard, said: “The new heating system in place has made a massive difference and is better than it has ever been. It is very safe to operate and a marvellous addition to my home.”

Elisabeth Valerie Mulligan, another Thirteen tenant, added: “There is no maintenance required for the boiler, which is very useful and puts my mind at ease. It’s also more cost effective and is something that I’d recommend to anyone.”

The work forms part of a wider sustainability and energy efficiency strategy being implemented by Thirteen and further strengthens its commitment to tackling fuel poverty.

The latest project builds on work carried out in 2015 to thermally improve properties, leading to a higher energy efficiency rating.