Energy Project makes a difference to householders

A Colne energy project that will “make a big difference” to local residents was in the spotlight last week when Andrew Stephenson MP paid a visit.

The project, which benefits 60 homes owned by local housing association Together Housing, will see inefficient night-storage heaters removed in favour of modern gas central heating. Together Energy, part of the Together Housing Group, is working with Affordable Warmth Solutions to install gas mains and metres, before installing radiators and combi boilers in Ellesmere Avenue, Colne.

The MP for Pendle spoke to local residents and the gas installation team, before looking at how the work was progressing. He said: “Helping consumers reduce fuel costs and reducing fuel poverty is a major government commitment and this is a great example of this happening close to home.”

Patrick Berry, Director of Energy Services at Together Energy, said the project was part of a wider investment of up to £37 million pounds to help make our properties more energy efficient reduce carbon impact across Together Housing’s portfolio: “For tenants, this means that they have warmer homes and lower bills.”

Local resident Derek told Mr Stephenson that the work was going well: “I was worried about all the upheaval, but it hasn’t bothered me one bit. At the moment I have a fan heater in one room, a storage heater in another and I have to heat a tank before I have hot water. A central heating system and combi boiler will make a big difference to my life.”

Julian Swann, General Manager at Affordable Warmth Solutions, added that the project was running ahead of schedule: “We’ve already installed metre boxes and mains supplies of around half the properties and we’re a week ahead of where we planned.”

Anyone wanting to know more about saving energy can visit https://www.togetherhousing.co.uk/energy-tips/