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Leeds residents feel the heat with new boiler scheme

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Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Health

An ECO partnership is turning up the heat on a new scheme aimed at keeping residents’ energy bills down.

Wrap up Leeds ECO, which was launched last summer, is a partnership between Leeds City Council, Keepmoat, SSE and Wilmott Dixon.

Together, they are offering free boilers, cavity wall and loft insulation to home owners and private tenants across the city who are struggling to pay their energy bills and qualify for funding.

Delighted pensioner Betty Gray, 87, has already given her thumbs up to the scheme.

“My new gas boiler is fantastic,” said Betty who lives in the Meanwood area of the city and recently had her boiler replaced by Keepmoat.

“It keeps my home lovely and warm as well as really cutting down on energy bills. I must have saved about £100 already. I would definitely recommend other families to make the most of this great offer.”

People hoping to benefit from the Wrap up Leeds ECO must be in receipt of an eligible benefit and demonstrate low income status. The project’s primary focus is to alleviate fuel poverty through the reduction of domestic fuel bills and give struggling families much needed extra cash.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “The help available through Wrap Up Leeds ECO genuinely can make a difference to people’s lives. We’re pleased that Betty is already feeling the benefits but we know there are many more people out there we can support. I’d encourage people to get in touch with the team and take advantage of the Wrap up Leeds ECO offer.”

Keepmoat’s group sustainability director Nigel Banks, said at last year’s launch: “Wrap up Leeds ECO is an exciting scheme for the city, enabling qualifying residents to save money on energy bills and make their homes warmer. The health, lifestyle and economic benefits of warmer homes, particularly for those most in need, are tremendous, so we would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to take advantage of the works that are on offer.”

For more information on how to qualify for the scheme or to book a home visit, please call 0113 395 0757, e-mail wrapupleeds@leeds.gov.uk or visit www.wrapupleeds.co.uk

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