Fuelling a warmer future

HOMES in Hartlepool are set for a warmer future thanks to a £900,000 scheme to install more efficient heating.

Around 230 houses across the Tees Valley have been chosen to be part of a scheme which will connect them to the gas mains network as well as installing a new high efficiency, A-rated gas central heating system, designed to lower energy bills and make their homes more comfortable to live in.

Social housing providers Erimus Housing and Tees Valley Housing are joining forces with Northern Gas Networks, Community Energy Solutions (CES) and Carillion Energy Services.

They will replace heating systems in 230 of their properties across Hartlepool, Stockton, Hemlington in Middlesbrough and Redcar, which are currently without a mains gas supply.

The project forms part of a wider strategy implemented by the Fabrick Housing Group.

Geoff Prior, head of asset management for the Fabrick Housing Group, said: “This project will help provide some of our most vulnerable tenants with affordable and energy efficient heating they can use for years to come and it’s fantastic to be working with our partners to bring these tangible benefits to fruition.”

Kevin Drake, project manager for Northern Gas Networks, said: “Bringing affordable warmth to communities affected by fuel poverty is a vital part of Northern Gas Networks’ activities and we are committed to funding projects like this one in Teesside, which provide a more efficient and cost effective energy source in the long term.”