Greenfields to Trial Energy-Saving Technology in 40 Homes
Published by Donata Rio for Greenfields Community Housing in Housing
Greenfields Community Housing has won grant funding from the Energy Saving Trusts’ Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) to install solar thermal hot water systems in 40 properties, with the aim of reducing hot water bills by up to 50%.
Solar thermal panels will be installed in prime position on the roof to receive the most heat from the sun. The existing hot water cylinders are replaced with solar water cylinders which ensure that the solar heat ‘collected’ is used to heat the water.
The 40 properties that will receive the installations are predominantly in Great Yeldham and are ideally located as there is no gas in the area and they have predominantly south-facing roofs, which provide the best efficiency for the solar installations.
Oliver Crouch, Mechanical Services Surveyor at Greenfields, said: “We are very pleased that we received this funding as we are constantly looking for ways to help our residents to save energy in their homes and reduce their fuel bills. This project involves using the sun to heat hot water, reducing the amount of energy that is required by the existing oil boiler or electric immersion heater – which could trim down hot water bills by up to 50%. If it proves successful, we will look at rolling it out to other homes.”
Work will begin early this year and be completed by March 2013.
Greenfields Community Housing was launched to give tenants and leaseholders a big influence in how their housing service is run. The organisation has approximately 8,000 homes in towns and villages across Essex, as well as approximately 450 leasehold properties.
For more information on Greenfields Community Housing, please visit www.GreenfieldsCH.org.uk or call 01376 535 400.
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