Warm welcome for Leeds energy plans

Tenants in over 200 Leeds homes can look forward to warmer winters as Leeds City Council brings forward £2.3m plans for bio-mass heating.

The provision of affordable energy efficient heating to 230 properties in the Clyde’s multi-storey blocks and Phil May Court sheltered complex will see existing electric storage heating and hot water being replaced with a state-of-the-art bio-mass heating system using recycled wood pellets. These will provide green energy and give tenants controllable heating and hot water facilities and allow them to monitor and manage their own energy consumption.

Details of this scheme are currently in the final planning stages with contractors due to be appointed before October.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:

“We’re making considerable investments to make sure our housing is kept in good condition, and part of this investment is targeting less efficient heating systems, replacing them with state of the art bio-mass heating.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said

“Energy bills are an increasing drain on people’s pockets and no one likes thinking they can’t afford to keep their house at a decent temperature, choosing between heating and eating. That’s why Leeds City Council is investing in better heating and more energy efficiency for our housing.”

As part of the wider Leeds City Region Green Deal Contract, £1.5m is also due to be invested in energy efficiency improvements such as external insulation, with this work due to commence in September.

Notes for editors:

More information about help with energy efficiency is available at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Energy-Grants-for-Households.aspx

Issued by:

Phil Morcom,

Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244

Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk