Bringing affordable warmth to off-gas communities

Our exciting new partnership with a large social housing group in the North East aims to benefit families living in one of the poorest areas of our region.

By switching a large number of homes from electricity to gas, the scheme will ultimately reduce fuel bills for many tenants.

As well as committing to install new gas central heating systems, the housing group will also be fitting new bathrooms and/or kitchens into many of the properties.

Tom Bell, Head of Social Strategy at Northern Gas Networks, said: “Working together from the early planning stages has meant we will extend our gas network and connect the properties ahead of the internal work being carried out, enabling us to enhance this positive programme of work even further for tenants.”

The programme, which began earlier this month, will continue into early 2016.

A similar partnership with Harrogate Borough Council has resulted in 380 metres of new pipe being installed and 22 council owned homes connected to the gas network free of charge.

Working with one of our fuel poor partners, Community Energy Solutions, and Harrogate Borough Council, residents benefited from new more affordable heating solutions including gas condensing combi-boilers and radiators.

Although this project was relatively small in scale, the benefits are already being felt by tenants like Hazel Proudlock, who said: “The transformation from antiquated night storage heaters to gas central heating with a combi-boiler has been amazing. Although not having experienced a full winter yet, the saving is already noticeable. We have been able to switch to a new supplier and to take advantage of dual fuel tariffs.”

Whether you manage 10 or 10,000 properties, it’s worth exploring how a partnership with NGN could potentially benefit your tenants.

To find out more email: tbell@northerngas.co.uk