Landlord fits heat pumps in 445 homes
A Somerset-based housing association is installing renewable heating equipment in 445 of its properties in what is believed to be one of the largest schemes of its kind.
Yarlington Housing Group is retrofitting air source and ground source heat pumps in its sheltered housing schemes to drive down fuel bills over the winter. It expects the technology to result in savings of around 50 per cent on energy costs.
The landlord has secured £2.04 million of government funding and is contributing £2.48 million to the project, which has to be completed by the end of the year to comply with the terms of the grant. Work has already started on some properties.
Yarlington is putting in ground source heat pumps, installed by Kensa Engineering, and air source heat pumps fitted by ICE Energy. Both are efficient forms of heating that draw heat from the surrounding environment.
Project leader Rob Barker said: ‘These people are elderly and vulnerable, and we had to do all we could to stop these unnecessary deaths every year.
‘There are many more people within our sheltered schemes who were not eligible for this grant but who would benefit from this type of heating system, so we have made a commitment to them to upgrade their heating in our next phase of improvements.’
Simon Lomax, managing director of Kensa Engineering, said: ‘We are pleased to be involved in the UK’s largest ever heat pump retrofit project.’
The heaters will replace storage heaters in properties that are not on the gas network. Four thousand of Yarlington’s 9,000 homes do not have mains gas.