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East Riding heating scheme extended

More people across the East Riding of Yorkshire are set to benefit from warmer homes and lower energy bills thanks to the extension of a successful scheme.


For the past four years, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been working in partnership with community interest company, Community Energy Solutions (CES), to help residents across the region whose homes are not connected to the gas mains network.


In areas where gas network extensions are not possible, this has meant replacing the properties’ outdated heating systems with new state-of-the-art air-source heat pumps, which draw in air from the outside and use it to heat radiators in each room.


Now, after more than 200 successful installations across the East Riding, the scheme has been extended until the end of March 2013, with East Riding of Yorkshire Council obtaining funding to install new central heating systems in a minimum of 25 more homes.


Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have already worked closely with CES to benefit a number of our tenants across the region and it’s fantastic to be able to continue this partnership and help more people in East Riding who are currently without a mains gas supply.”


CES, based in Leeds, was established by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (formerly DTI) in 2006 to tackle the issue of affordable warmth by updating householders’ fuel options either by extending the mains gas supply or, where that’s not possible, introducing alternative measures such as air source heat pumps.   


Since 2008 it has been working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to install new heating systems in council-owned and private properties across the region, including, Swinefleet, Ulrome, Skipsea and Barmston.


Tom Shepherd, project manager for CES, said: “CES is dedicated to combating fuel poverty across Yorkshire and the North East and we are delighted to be continuing our work with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to help make this a reality.”


Applications are now being sought from private homeowners and those living in private rented accommodation across the East Riding who don’t currently have access to a mains gas supply and who may benefit from the newly extended scheme.


Interested applicants are asked to contact Jane Mears on (01482) 396278 or email jane.mears@eastriding.gov.uk