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Improving the environmental efficiency of all our homes

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Warwickshire Rural Housing Association is committed to improving the environmental efficiency of all our new and existing homes.

The Rural Housing Alliance will be launching their refreshed pledge this week. One of their commitments is: to build to high environmental standards which help residents and communities reduce their carbon impact.

At Warwickshire Rural Housing Association this is already a top priority.

All our new builds have renewable technology heating systems installed and are built to at least EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating C, with many achieving A rating. And, we are upgrading inefficient and expensive electrical heating systems renewable technologies in all our existing properties over the next few years. We are well ahead of our schedule to replace all inefficient storage heaters. By the end of this year we’ll have just 4% of our homes remaining to upgrade.

Why are we doing this?

As well as working towards the national net zero carbon ambition and tackling fuel poverty, we simply know what a massive difference efficient heating systems make to our residents’ lives and wellbeing.

Eleven homes in the village of Stockton had air source heat pumps installed in 2020 and one resident told us just how much it’s improved their family life:

“The new air source heat pump system has transformed everyday life for us.

“Having constant hot water means kids bath times are easier (there’s no worry about running out of water), the house is consistently warm all over, the children are sleeping better and radiators don’t have to be boiling hot so they’re not a hazard for young children. And our energy bills have reduced by £100 a month!”

What is an ASHP?

Air source heat pumps are an energy efficient method of heating your home. The pump absorbs heat from the outside air to heat your home and hot water.

They do need electricity to run, but because they are extracting renewable heat from the environment, the heat output is greater than the electricity input.

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