Free renewable heating scheme to help Scarborough residents reduce energy bills

North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Council have teamed up to launch a free renewable heating scheme with funding through National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund.

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 11:01 am
Updated Thursday, 15th October 2020, 11:04 am
Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff

The scheme will help people living in the borough of Scarborough to reduce their energy bills and transform their home heating.

Homeowners and tenants who currently use inefficient storage heaters, room heaters or solid fuel heating, could get a new, fully funded renewable heating system installed in their home at no cost to themselves.

Residents living away from the gas network, looking to reduce their heating costs while enjoying a warm home, are also encouraged to consider applying to the scheme.

The renewable heating scheme aims to install 200 renewable heating systems in homes across the four authority areas.

At the heart of the system is an air source heat pump, which typically provides more than three times the heat for each unit of electricity used to power it.

This heat is delivered into the home via new radiators and a hot water system.

County Cllr Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire’s executive member for Public Health, Prevention and Supported Housing, said: “This scheme will not only help eligible residents reduce their fuel bills but improve the energy efficiency of properties in North Yorkshire.”

Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, Scarborough Council cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, added: “We welcome being part of this important scheme to help create better homes and a cleaner and greener borough.

“As well as the obvious environmental benefits of renewable heating systems, they completely transform how a home is heated, bringing greater efficiency, much lower bills and peace of mind.”

Communitas Energy (CE) is managing the scheme on behalf of the councils.

Anyone interested in applying to the scheme should contact CE via its website or by calling 0113 486 2941.