Peter Benson – Gas Central Heating

Self-employed fencer Peter Benson from Thirsk was struggling to stay warm in his old house, however, a new fully funded A-rated gas central heating system from the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Scheme ended his woes.

The 62-year-old had been in the family home all his life, and now lives on his own in the old five bedroom house.

Peter was relying on an open fire in the living room for warmth, until he came across the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund scheme online and decided to apply.

“I was so happy when I found out it was fully funded because I’d never had central heating in my life, I was made up.”

Peter received a gas connection and an extensive A-rated central heating system for his large inefficient house.

“I could never have done it on my own without the scheme because the system I needed was so big, I couldn’t afford it.

“I’m only self-employed and get work when I can, I’m not a big earner, I’m a low earner.

“But thanks to YES Energy Solutions and the council I could get the system, I think it’s a brilliant scheme, I really do.

“The installers did such a good job, it’s as neat as it can be and the girls I spoke to on the phone were very helpful.”

Peter works outdoors and spoke about the difficulties he used to face when coming home from a hard day’s work.

“I used to sit in front of my fire to get warm after work but the house would still be freezing. It’s an old house and there’ no cavities, just solid 9 inch walls, and at the back they’re all outside walls, so it gets very cold.
“Now I can come home, switch the heating on and make my tea. I keep the heating controls with me as well, I love it.”

Hambleton District Council are partners in the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund scheme which is managed by YES Energy Solutions.

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YES Energy Solutions is managing the scheme on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Hambleton District Council, Ryedale District Council and Richmondshire District Council. We are also working closely with the Warm and Well team at Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire to support eligible residents.

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