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Saturday 23rd March, 2024

A man who said he had to “ration” his heating in order to keep his family warm has spoken of his relief at having renewable energy technologies fitted in his housing association home.

The rising cost of energy had become a real concern for Tony Smith, who shares a two-bedroom bungalow with his wife Julie and their daughter Amanda.

But Mr Smith says his heating worries are now over after his landlord Broadacres Housing Association installed solar panels and an air source heat pump at their home in the village of Crayke, near Easingwold.

In just two weeks, the energy usage in the home has dropped by 35% despite the solar panels and heat pumps being fitted in the middle of winter (January 2024).

Mr Smith says: “My family need heat for their health because both my wife and daughter have disabilities, and this is the first time in 11 years of living here that we have had luxurious warmth throughout the home.

“Previously we had night storage heaters and could only afford to warm the room we were actually in. We used to dread winter, but that worry has now gone forever.

“The entire process from start to finish was so smooth and efficient and we can’t thank Broadacres enough.

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