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Hornchurch residents beat the chill thanks to savings on heating bills

30 January 2017

Mr And Mrs Sparks

As the cold winter evenings take hold across the nation, Hanover Housing Association has been investing around £400k in improvements across their portfolio of housing developments in Hornchurch.

In an effort to improve residents’ wellbeing and help reduce fuel poverty, the national housing provider for older people has embarked on an energy switching program to replace electric storage heaters with more efficient gas boilers.

The innovative program means Hanover residents in the East London town will have more cost effective heating and hot water systems in place, with the cost of their energy bills reduced by up to 40%. Properties are also benefiting from the installation of new radiators to replace the older style storage heaters.

The new systems installed have been fitted with Worcester Greenstar 25i energy saving condensing boilers, one of the most economical boilers currently on the market. These boilers have been rated the top boiler by ‘Which’ for the last few years.

Included in the package were time and temperature controls with a room thermostat to control the overall temperature of the property and to ensure the boiler switched off when the property was up to a comfortable temperature, thus reducing running costs. Further control of individual room temperatures is possible by means of the thermostatic radiator valves fitted to each radiator. Clairglow, a specialist gas and energy engineering firm, carried out the installation across the 68 properties, and it is already proving to be a big hit with the residents.

Among those to benefit from gas switching are Chris and Mick Sparkes from Eagle Close in Hornchurch. They said: ‘The new system is fantastic. In addition to saving money on our heating bills we are now able to control the temperature of our flat and have a constant flow of hot water whenever we need it.’

While energy switching from electric to gas has helped make some significant savings, it has not always been possible due to some estates lacking the necessary infrastructure. To combat this, Hanover decided to fund the infrastructure improvement works being carried out by the National Grid.

James Smith, Technical Manager, at Hanover said: ‘This is one of a number of innovative solutions Hanover is using to bring cost effective savings to some of our more rural estates, reducing our carbon foot print and reducing energy bills for residents.

‘As an added bonus we managed to secure some £30k retrospective funding from the Government’s Affordable Warmth scheme, which allows us to ensure new heating systems are in place that will improve the energy efficiency of all our properties in the area.’