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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing

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Thousands of social housing tenants are set to save money on their energy and water bills after having a new valve fitted to their combination boilers.

North Lincolnshire Homes is fitting CombiSmart valves to every new boiler it installs and is going to retrofit them to 2,500 it has installed over the last five years.

The valve speeds up the heating process by holding back the hot water until the combi boiler heats it to the right temperature, thus reducing the need to run the taps for as long and wasting cold water.

NLH is investing £250,000 in the valves, with research suggesting tenants can save up to £90 per year on water and energy.

Neil Webster, NLH's head of regeneration, said: “With rising utilities bills each year we are committed to be providing affordable warmth for our tenants.

“We became aware of the valves over a year ago and through our Affordable Warmth Group a tenant agreed to trial one. She reported excellent savings while the valve has been in place which backed up what other Housing Associations were also seeing and what the manufacturers were saying.

“As a result of this success we introduced the valve to all new boiler installations last April and we are now going to fit them to a further 2,500 boilers installed over the last five years.

“We will continue to monitor the results and we’re always looking for new ways to save tenants money as well as improving the energy efficiency of homes."

NLH tenant board member Cherrill Page agreed to trial the valve 18 months ago and is delighted with the results.

She said: “I’m very happy with how the valve’s working and without question it’s saving me money and I’m seeing a lot less wasted water. I would encourage any tenant who is offered one of these valves by North Lincolnshire Homes to have one fitted.”

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