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Lisa Hart's story
Working single mum Lisa Hart, from Ashford in Kent, received funding towards a gas connection and full central heating system to replace her coal hungry Rayburn heater.
The gas connection was fully funded and what’s more over £4,000 was granted towards the installation of a Worcester boiler and five radiators installed in her home.
“I was absolutely amazed, gob smacked! I never really apply for things and I could not believe how much help was actually available for people. “It was incredible, I couldn’t believe it, I was just so grateful.”
Previously, Lisa’s home had no central heating or radiators. She explained:
“This winter has been a completely different experience to every other winter!
“I always hated getting coal, and it was always mucky. But now with gas central heating I just feel like I’m so up with new technology, by just having a button to press to turn the system on or off. I’ve never experienced it before, so it’s been an absolute pleasure.
“Before when I came home and if the Rayburn had run out it was such a rigmarole, you have to empty it, relight it, then you’ve got to wait for the house to warm up. Now it’s just a push of a button and in ten minutes the house is warm, it’s fantastic”
Living with her 13-year-old daughter, two cats and a Basset Hound, Lisa says that everyone is loving the new central heating, even the pets.
Lisa is now saving money with her new central heating system, with combined gas and electric bills at around £100 a month, contrasting to the cost of coal, which a £13 bag only lasted the family two days in winter.
“I have even been a little bit naughty in that I kept turning the heating on whereas before I’d be worried about the cost of coal.
“I’m 50, I’ve never had central heating in my life, so this has really been fantastic and I would really recommend this scheme to anyone.”