'I couldn't see a reason not to go ahead - I knew it would only enhance my property'
Retiree-Landlord of 17 years, Ronald Maxfield, applied to the Better Homes Yorkshire scheme through Craven Council for a fully funded energy saving installation at his 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.
Here, he tells us the difference the Insulation has made to his Park Home:
“I’ve lived in my park home for 10 years now. After my partner of 25 years, Ted, passed away, I moved to the site to be closer to my sister, Mary.
“In winter my home’s always been very cold – my heating would be on 24/7. I also have a Calor Gas Heater for extra warmth, which I’m hoping won’t need to be plugged in this winter! My dog Pippa is sadly suffering from cancer, so I always like to make sure that she is warm and comfortable.
“Earlier in the year I was in France when Mary phoned to say she’d received the letter from Craven Council and was interested in signing up. I didn’t want to miss out on such a good opportunity, so Mary enquired for me on my behalf.
“I couldn’t see a reason not to go ahead – I knew it would only enhance my property. Some of my neighbours were sceptical at first, but everything was explained to me at every stage so I understood what was going on.
“The funding from the council is such a positive, and the council’s involvement has been very efficient.”
Living near a busy bypass, Ronald spoke about the reduction in noise around his home:
“I’ve noticed no traffic noise since the installation has been completed. I’m often awake in the early hours, and was shocked when I realised it was raining. Normally the rain is loud against the walls on my home, but I couldn’t hear a thing!
“The work looks superb! Everyone’s talking about it on the street – the team have done a brilliant job from start to finish and I’m really happy with it.”
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