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Inside months, residents of three tower blocks in Thurrock, Essex are set to have their energy bills slashed by almost a thousand kilos, as a groundbreaking latest project will see heat pumps installed in 273 council-owned residences, Express.co.uk can report. Kensa Contracting and Thurrock Council are delivering a project that demonstrates the potential for ground source heat pumps to rapidly and affordably decarbonise multiple properties at scale. Ground source heat pumps transfer heat from deep underground to heat your own home through radiators or underfloor heating.

On Thursday, Lord Callanan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), visited residents from Chadwell St Mary in Thurrock to see the project in motion.

These high-rise tower blocks use night storage heaters prior to now, which can now get replaced by Kensa’s ground source heat pumps, which they note are thrice more energy efficient. 

This project is part-funded by the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), which is aimed toward upgrading a big amount of the social housing stock currently below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C as much as that standard.

Increasing energy efficiency in Britain’s leakiest homes is considered considered one of the fastest ways to tackle the energy crisis, reducing our reliance on expensive natural gas. 

Talking to Express.co.uk at the positioning, David Broom, the Managing Director of Kensa Contracting, said that project, which will probably be accomplished by March, would slash bills by almost 50 percent for among the Thurrock residents currently using probably the most amount of gas. 

With energy bills at eyewatering levels, these heat pumps will thus help the residents save over a thousand kilos, and protect them from falling into fuel poverty. 

In point of fact, Mr Broom noted that almost all households would save about 20-30 percent on their energy bills. Nonetheless, they’d use more energy to heat their entire house, and thus would live in healthier, mould-free properties. 

Kensa noted that apart from significantly reducing the energy bills in these flats, replacing night storage heaters with ground source heat pumps would also slash carbon emissions by 70 percent.

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This might save an estimated 7,080 tonnes of CO2 over the lifecycle of the warmth pumps, helping Thurrock Council, and the UK as an entire reach its legally binding net zero goals.

Energy Minister, Lord Callanan said: “It’s incredible to see first-hand how Government funding will not be only getting used to lower carbon emissions but reduce fuel bills for low-income households, including here in Thurrock.

“Projects like this display how we’re committed to creating homes greener and cheaper to maintain warm, and we’re training hundreds more expert heat pump installers to make sure we proceed to deliver cleaner and more energy-efficient homes across the country.”

Ieman Barmaki, Sustainability Director for Kensa Contracting, followed: “Nobody today within the UK must have to choose between heating and eating. Installing ground source heat pumps, which give the bottom carbon, running, and whole-lifecycle costs can heat high-rise developments, akin to at Chadwell St Mary, and help keep their tenants comfortable through the colder months.”

“These systems help housing providers lower their environmental impact and future-proof their assets, whilst protecting their tenants from fuel poverty.

“We’re delighted Lord Callanan has come to go to today so we will showcase the technology BEIS has helped fund and the positive impact that ground source heat pumps are having.”

Diane Barr, a resident from Chadwell St Mary, furthered, “After 16 years of living here with an outdated Economy 7 heating system I’m so looking forward to getting low price energy efficient heating. All of us dread the winter months, much more so with the unbelievable cost of electricity.

“We’re all looking forward to them to be installed, it would make such a difference and we are going to all be doing our little bit for the environment too. Kensa have kept us all up so far with the method and have renovated the community area so it is good and warm over the winter if things get really cold for any tenants that wish to make use of it.”

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