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Saturday 23rd March, 2024

Local resident, Tony Smith, said he had to “ration” his heating in order to keep his family warm. His house, now fitted with renewable energy technologies, has brought the Smith family great relief.

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.

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).

“My family need heat for their health because both my wife and daughter have disabilities,” said Mr. Smith. “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.”

Mr. Smith said that “from start to finish” the installation process was “smooth and efficient… We can’t thank Broadacres enough.”

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