Richmondshire District Council

New free heating scheme

Residents in 200 North Yorkshire homes, including Richmondshire, are in line for new, free heating systems.

Homeowners and tenants that currently run inefficient heating systems, such as storage heaters or solid fuel heaters, could get a fully funded renewable heating system installed through a new scheme. Residents living away from the gas network and looking to reduce their heating costs, are being encouraged to consider this scheme.

North Yorkshire County Council has secured funding through the National Grid’s £150 million Warm Homes Fund to help people living in Ryedale, Scarborough borough, Hambleton and Richmondshire.

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

The North Yorkshire Heat Pump Scheme is targeting properties that do not have an existing gas, oil or LPG central heating system and are located away from the gas network. Householder eligibility criteria will also be taken into consideration as part of the qualification process.

Richmondshire District Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale, said: “This scheme will help some of our vulnerable residents improve energy efficiency in their homes and reduce fuel costs. It is a pioneering new method of home heating which we hope to see in many Richmondshire homes.”

County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Public Health, Prevention and Supported Housing added: “This renewable heating scheme gives our more vulnerable residents in Ryedale, Scarborough borough, Richmondshire and Hambleton the opportunity to upgrade their homes to the latest low carbon heating technology for free.

It will not only help eligible residents reduce their fuel bills but improve the energy efficiency of properties in North Yorkshire.”

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC which administers the fund on behalf of National Grid, said: “We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted to support the scheme to address fuel poverty across the region.

“Solving the issues associated with fuel poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and the feedback we’ve already received provides evidence of how the Warm Homes Fund will make a positive difference to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain.”

Communitas Energy (CE) is managing the scheme on behalf of the councils. To make an enquiry, contact CE via the Communitas Energy website or by calling 0113 4862941.

Further details about the scheme can be viewed on our renewable heating scheme page.

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