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Colne energy project makes a big difference to local residents

Colne energy project makes a big difference to local residents

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 local gas network Cadent and community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions to install gas mains and meters, 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 was 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 ”we are delighted to be working with Together Housing and the works will enable tenants to benefit from an efficient heating system that they can afford to use and is easy to control.”

Patrick Berry, Andrew Stephenson, Julian Swann and Mick Ahearn

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