A scheme to replace ageing and inefficient storage heaters within 28 social housing properties in Shropshire, has been victorious at the Regional Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards.
Ground source heat pumps from Ice Energy, alongside a completely new radiator distribution system, were installed in 26 bungalows, a community room and a three-bedroom flat in the village of Clee Hill which is off the main gas grid. The project, which was part funded with Renewable Heat Premium Payment funding, was the winning entry within the Large Scale Project of the Year category at the awards which took place in Birmingham last week.
One of the residents of Clee Hill, Tom Cox, has been so impressed with his heat pump and the difference it has made to his live, he has become a key advocate for heat pump systems, urging his housing association to embark on similar schemes for other residents.
"Last year I had a letter from my energy company saying that my bill was going to be 50% less than the year before. For the year 16/17 it’s been estimated at £496 for all my heating, cooking and everything as we rely totally on electric here. With my £200 winter allowance and my supplier discount I am now paying only £3 a week for everything and I put this entirely down to my ground source heat pump. Seven years ago I was paying £1,250 a year."
It's estimated that in addition to the savings enjoyed by the residents, the project is also benefitting the environment by saving approximately 1.9 tonnes of carbon per building per annum, which is some 53 tonnes per annum in total.
The project is the second Ice Energy social housing scheme to win a regional award in recent months after the Enfield Tower Block project, which saw more than 200 properties across 4 tower blocks benefit from ground source heat pumps, won the London Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Large Scale Project Award in April.