'The difference is not only visual, we can really feel it - it's a cosy warm now'
Melvyn & Margaret Bowman applied to the Better Homes Yorkshire scheme through Craven Council for a fully funded energy saving installation at their home.
Better Homes Yorkshire is a joint programme managed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (The LEP).
Better Homes Yorkshire has received £672,200 funding from WYCA and LEP through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
Engie, the principle contractor for Better Homes Yorkshire, appointed YES Energy Solutions to join the scheme’s installer framework in early 2017 until December 2018.
The Bowmans told us about their park home insulation and the difference it’s made to their home:
“When we bought our Park Home 15 years ago, it needed a lot of work doing to it. We invested a lot of time in to making it feel homely, and so when we received the letter from Craven council about the funded insulation, we thought we have nothing to lose if it’s going to benefit our home.”
Melvyn, 78, continued:
“Every year I paint my home to bring life back in to it, but this year after falling ill, we had to find a contractor to come and do it for us. Luckily, we received the letter from the council two days before the work was due to begin.
“When the process was properly explained to us, we were absolutely thrilled – not only would we benefit financially from the insulation applied to the property, we saw what a difference the finished job made to other properties.”
After explaining to The Bowmans that the top coat applied to the insulation only needs to be washed down to bring it back to its original state, they were over the moon:
“Our home looks beautiful now! The thickness of the installation meant that we had capacity for window sills to be installed below our windows, which has added to making it feel even more homely. Everyone we have dealt with has been superb! We’ve had no problems, and we’ve always felt comfortable around the installers working on our home.
“We’re usually sceptical when we receive letters and calls about schemes that we can sign up to, but having people with proper identification from the council and YES Energy Solutions was very reassuring and gave us peace of mind.”
Winter 2018 saw Great Britain experience temperatures of minus 11 degrees; with this in mind, The Bowmans spoke about the difference they’ve felt already:
“The difference is not only visual, we can really feel it – it’s a ‘cosy’ warm now. The noise has also reduced drastically, and with the money we were able to save on painting our home, we treated ourselves to a meal to celebrate! We’re absolutely thrilled.”
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