Award win for borough fuel poverty project

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

A project to provide fully-funded central heating to vulnerable households in the borough has been honoured with a prestigious national award.

The Warm Homes Fund initiative won large scale project of the year at the recent Energy Efficiency Awards.

We supported vulnerable residents helped by the scheme by topping up the funding to allow new energy efficient, first-time, central heating systems to be installed. 

Forty-one households have benefited so far with the residents saving money on their energy bills and keeping warm all year round.

Since it launched in 2019, the scheme has received over £700,000 of funding through various schemes to install A-rated central heating and gas connections when required. 

Cavity wall and loft insulation was also installed to further benefit residents with their energy costs and reduce their carbon emissions.

The scheme has saved almost £400,000 on lifetime fuel bills of the supported residents while also overcoming multiple challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In Yorkshire, 12.4 per cent of all households are classified as being ‘fuel poor’.  

The Warm Homes Fund was designed to reduce this number and ease poverty throughout the whole of Yorkshire.

Councillor Carl Maw, cabinet member with responsibility for stronger communities and housing, said: 

“The warm homes project has made a tremendous difference to so many householders in the borough, and it’s great to see this being recognised with an award.

“The funding brought to the borough has allowed vulnerable residents to receive brand new efficient heating systems that will protect their health this winter and reducing household carbon emissions at the same time.

The council worked in partnership with Hambleton and Ryedale district councils and North Yorkshire County Council on the Warm Homes Fund initiative.  The community interest company YES Energy Solutions was appointed to run and manage the project. 

The project has been given additional funding and there are still some places available for residents to apply by calling YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880 100.