As wintry conditions persist, residents in Ironville are enjoying warmer homes after their heating systems were upgraded and linked to the National Grid.
The £290,000 project saw electric storage heaters at more than 70 properties in Elizabeth Park and Victoria Street replaced with a connection to the gas mains network, and fitted with new, efficient central heating systems.
Paula Warriner, one of the first residents to benefit after switching to a new gas boiler, said: “We’ve all got gas now and it’s much better. It warms up much more quickly, and stays a lot warmer. With the storage heaters you were always trying to predict the weather. If it was cold in an evening I would turn them up, but I couldn’t do anything about it if it was hot the following day. It’s much easier to use now.”
Housing Association Futures Homescape fitted gas meter boxes. The work to extend and connect homes to the gas mains network was funded by National Grid through Affordable Warmth Solutions, and the central heating systems were funded and fitted by npower, through the government’s Community Energy Saving Programme.