Contract Extended for Sussex Social Housing Project
Based on the project’s first phase success in Sussex which saw 100 properties fitted with the heat pumps, we are delighted to announce that Lewes District Council have contracted BSW Building Services to install air source heat pumps into another 80 social housing properties.
Adrian Woolridge, Housing Contracts Manager for Lewes District Council, said:
“BSW carried out the installations quickly and diligently with minimal disruption to tenants, who reported immediate savings on their energy bills. It has been so successful that we decided to broaden the scope of the project.”
Tenants had their electric storage and oil-based heating systems replaced with the air source heat pumps. Not only have their energy bills dropped. They have had other benefits too. Adrian Woolridge added:
“With energy costs rising, some of our tenants have been choosing to go without heating altogether, which carries a risk of ill health and causes damp, poor ventilation and mould. Clearly this situation is unacceptable. With the UK’s weather being so turbulent and energy costs rising remorselessly, never has it been more important for us to combat fuel poverty.”
The properties had Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan heat pumps installed to provide heating and hot water. BSW’s Renewables Manager, James Cordner, said homeowners of the 2 bedroom semi-detached bungalows and 2 bedroom semi-detached houses are now paying between £270 – £330 a year and 400 – £500 a year for their energy, respectively. Cordner added that this means the tenants are now paying about 40% less a year on their energy bills.