New heating and hot water systems are currently being installed in 44 Mid Devon Council properties in Willand and Templeton.
Willand and Templeton were chosen because there is no gas supply available and the costs of upgrading of the electricity supply for night storage heating systems was seen as prohibitively high.
The council asked specialist consultants Sustain to look at alternative systems which would provide heating and hot water in a more cost-effective way than solid fuel or electric night storage heaters.
Air Source Heat Pump were trialed of the ASHPs at Bampton and Silverton, and council tenants in Willand and Templeton, who had indicated they were interested in the new system, had the opportunity to visit properties which had air source heat pumps installed and see first-hand the benefits of the scheme.
Miss Davy of Fir Close was the first tenant in Willand to have the new heating and hot water system installed in early January, and she’s already feeling the benefit, saying ‘how nice it is to come home to a warm house’ and ‘it has saved between £5 and £7 pounds a week on the fuel bills’.