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We’re working with Communitas Energy CIC to use the Warm Homes Fund to install Air Source Heat Pumps in twenty homes in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

Funding was secured by Ryedale District Council along with North Yorkshire County Council via The Warm Homes Fund, set up by the National Grid and administered by community interest company, Affordable Warmth Solutions, the fund is the largest private fuel poverty programme in Great Britain.

Work has already begun on the scheme which is targeting properties that don’t have existing gas, oil or LPG central heating systems and are located away from the gas network. The project aims to make homes more efficient to heat, helping residents achieve affordable warmth.

Initially twenty homes in the Ryedale area will have an Air Source Heat Pump installed by April this year as part of our long-term commitment to help tackle climate change and bring customers out of fuel poverty.

Air source heat pumps typically provide 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.

One of our customers is already feeling the benefits of their new heat pump. Before they had the heat pump installed, they were spending up to £300 each month to heat their home using coal and expensive electric heaters. It’s now estimated that they could save up to £150 every month thanks to their new heat pump.

We have big plans when it comes to tackling climate change. Last year we pledged to phase out gas in new homes commissioned in 2022, three years ahead of government targets. We also plan to adopt a ‘net-zero’ standard from 2026 that’ll see us deliver a 100% carbon reduction generating savings of up to £307 for customers.

 Steve Ellard, Director of Assets & Sustainability Yorkshire Housing, said:

“We want Yorkshire Housing to lead the sector when it comes to tackling climate change.

“We’re committed to doing everything we can to tackle the climate crisis and reduce our carbon emission from our homes, that’s why we’re delighted to be working with Communitas on the Warm Homes Fund.

“It also means we can help to give affordable warmth to customers who are off the main gas grid.”

Warm Homes Fund initiative is part of the North Yorkshire County Council heat pump project and we are working in partnership with Community Interest Company Communitas Energy.