Kier helps Barnsley residents save energy
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Housing and also in Environment
A Kier engineer with a tenant
As industry watchdog Ofgem reveals the average household dual fuel bill has risen 24% in the past three years, local contractor Kier is helping cut costs and reduce energy use for tenants in Barnsley by installing new heating systems.
Housing provider Berneslai Homes has pledged to move towards installing air source heat pumps (ASHP) systems in its 19,000 homes where gas and solid fuel systems need replacing.
Leading repairs and maintenance provider Kier, which works in partnership with Berneslai Homes to deliver services to council homes in the borough, is providing MCS-accredited installation to the provider on its improvement schemes.
ASHPs, which are more energy efficient than current systems, are becoming increasingly popular with ALMOs and housing associations where current conventional heating systems are becoming much more expensive to run..They don’t rely so much on expensive fossil fuels, need little maintenance and could lower a home’s carbon emissions.
Kier area regional manager, Pat Mollart, said: “Kier has long been accredited by the MCS for its work across all its contracts; this latest expansion to our portfolio demonstrates our expertise and knowledge of a variety of different installation systems.
“Installing these energy efficient systems for Berneslai Homes will help lower the cost of energy for tenants across the borough, as well as increasing sustainability and ensuring minimal energy wastage, all of which are vital to us as a company.”
Kier staff attended dedicated Mitsubishi training courses to learn about the systems, which operate in the opposite way to a conventional fridge. Heat is taken from external air and converted to another form of heat. ASHPs are around 2.5 times more efficient than a typical gas boiler.
Kier’s accreditation means they can now directly install systems for clients across the region.
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