YES Energy Solutions conducted an in-depth study to identify householders with no central heating that are most likely to be living in fuel poverty in North Yorkshire.
Scheme in Detail
The in-depth research was commissioned by Northern Gas Networks on behalf of Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire to identify fuel poor households with no central heating facilities in seven Local Authority areas which are Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby.
YES Energy Solutions used their expertise amassed from managing countless energy efficiency schemes to help Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire and partner Councils gain a better understanding of fuel poverty levels in their areas.
Additionally, the study aids understanding of where central heating measures could be implemented and funded via various national fuel poverty alleviation funds.
Potential for gas connections through the Fuel Poverty Network Extension Scheme (FPNES) was identified, as well as the potential for funded central heating systems through the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) and Warm Homes Fund (WHF).
Publicly available data sets were utilised, as well as Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and pipeline mapping data provided by Northern Gas Networks.
The study found that there is potential for funded gas connections and central heating installs across all areas, however there was variance in the amount of opportunities identified.
The general findings of the study were:
Over 53% of all households across the seven areas have an EPC, suggesting that opportunities could be doubled.
Over 40% of all homes with no central heating are in fuel poor areas, with the largest concentrations in Richmondshire, Ryedale and Scarborough.
There are slightly more urban opportunities than rural ones, with the highest concentrations in Local Authority areas with large towns – Craven, Harrogate, Scarborough and Selby.
Craven has the single area with the highest proportion of fuel poor households, but Scarborough has the largest proportion in total.
The larger urban Local Authority areas have more potential central heating installations. However, Ryedale, mainly a rural area, is close behind with nearly 800 opportunities.
Richmondshire and Ryedale have the most potential for non-gas heating measures in rural areas, whereas Hambleton has the highest rural split.
Scarborough and Harrogate have the most potential for gas connections and gas heating installs due to the existing gas infrastructure in the area. There is also potential in parts of Craven.
Selby has the least fuel poor areas and the fewest opportunities, but still has options for funded gas connections.