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Council receives green funding for tenants' heating


5:15pm 29th November 2011

City of York Council's Housing chiefs are celebrating after the announcement that the council is one of 24 social housing providers across the country to have been awarded a share of a £4 million fund to install green heating systems into council homes.

The council will receive £21,000 to install green heating systems such as biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and heat pumps in the homes of tenants, through the government's Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme

The grant will allow the council to install energy effecient Air Source Heat Pumps into eight homes, which will help the city reduce its carbon emissions and meet its climate change targets.

The technology will be used to help people in 'off gas' areas who are struggling with rising utility prices, by replacing the old inefficient electric storage heaters.

Councillor Tracey Simpson Laing, Cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, City of York Council, said:

"It's fantastic news that we've received the funding, not just for the tenants who will receive the new pumps, but also for the city as a whole, as everyone will benefit from reduced carbon emissions.

"I'll be following the project closely and it will be interesting to see how the tenants find the new pumps."

The scheme will also help the city's climate change commitments by reducing the amount of energy we consume in our homes and therefore the amount of carbon dioxide we produce in the city. The city, through its first Climate Change Framework and Action Plan will drive down carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020.

For more details visit www.york.gov.uk/environment/sustainability/climatechange/2framework/

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