Derek Greenbank from Pickering received a fully funded gas connection and central heating install from the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund.
Living with his wife, the couple were previously relying on nothing but a small fire in their living room for their heating.
Derek explained: "We had nothing, we only had a fire in the living room and we
don’t get much sunlight in here either. We used the heat in the kitchen from
cooking and the tumble dryer being on."
However, since receiving an energy efficient heating system, the house is now warmer and more cosy.
"The boiler’s been brilliant this winter, it’s made a
huge difference and the install was great, I can’t knock the lads that came
at all. They stopped until seven at night to finish the job off and everyone who I
spoke to were spot on.
"The wife’s over the moon with it! The best thing is that
when she’s been at work all day she’s now coming home to a warm house, whereas
with the fire if I wasn’t in to put it on the house was freezing.
"And it’s nice to have quick hot water as well, that makes a real difference!"
The North Yorkshire Warm Homes is providing eligible residents in Ryedale, Hambleton, Richmondshire and the Scarborough Borough with fully funded gas connections and A-rated central heating.
Derek told us "I couldn’t believe we could have it done for free and
neither did my wife, she thought I was joking when I first told her, but when
we filled it in and it came back we were over the moon."
Find out more
YES Energy Solutions is managing the scheme on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council, Ryedale District Council, Hambleton District Council, Richmondshire District Council and Scarborough Borough Council. We are also working closely with the Warm and Well team at Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire to support eligible residents.