Merseyside firm wins environment award

Michael Hunt

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has awarded Merseyside-based Warmer Heating with a carbon footprint award.

The organisation was involved with transforming a three bedroom house within the North East into a more environment friendly show home.

Warmer Heating projectIn partnership with South Tyneside Homes, Warmer Heating has installed green technology into the house, located in the Lukes Lane estate in Hebburn, including solar panels to power the water heating system, cavity wall and loft insulation to preserve heat within the house and cut energy bills by up to a third.

The project is being rolled out in 75 houses on the estate, with Warmer Heating leading on installation.

Warmer Heating project 2The renewable energy show house, officially launched in South Tyneside last week, was the regional winner of National Energy Action's footprint award, which recognises the work being done by organisations working to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon.

Warmer Heating, which is also based in the North East, is a contractor for Community Energy Solutions, which assist households off the gas network by assisting with funding for renewable technologies, with Warmer Heating carrying out the installations.

Warmer Heating also operate in partnership with Eaga, the organisation tasked with managing the warm front grant scheme for the Department of Energy and Climate Change for those receiving income or disability benefit payments.

Bryan Glendinning, of Warmer Heating, said: "Coming at the end of a week when the government has announced grants to help pay to make your home greener it has never been easier to show how you can reduce your home's carbon footprint. We are delighted to be part of this award-winning project and to be continuing our commitment to leading the way in making the heating industry a green industry."

Maria Wardrobe, National Energy Action's director of communications, representing the footprint award judging panel, added: "NEA estimates that almost 27% of households in the North East England are living in fuel poverty and finding sustainable solutions to tackling it is vital. We were impressed with the innovative approach South Tyneside is taking, working with Warmer Heating and other partners to provide affordable warmth for residents and I congratulate them as regional winners."
Isobel Riley, chief executive of South Tyneside Homes, said: "Opening the eco-home has been one of the proudest moments of my career. It is a great way for South Tyneside Homes to demonstrate our commitment to improving the environment in which we work, as well as helping our tenants to heat their homes in a more cost effective way."

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