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Scheme will deliver free heating for vulnerable people

A multi-million scheme is set to deliver a range of free heating and energy-saving measures to vulnerable individuals across Teesside.

Stockton-based Community Energy Solutions (CES) has won a contract to deliver the installation of new boilers, heating systems and insulation to those who meet the required criteria.

The scheme will lead to a £10m in life time savings on energy bills.

Under the project – which is set to begin immediately – anyone in private or private-rented property who is in receipt of specific benefits may be eligible.

Houses with no heating at all can get full heating systems, while those with boilers that have broken down and cannot be economically repaired or are not functioning efficiently may be eligible for a replacement.

A number of other energy-efficiency measures, including cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and room-in-roof insulation, will also be offered.

“Once we know they are eligible the work can be done extremely quickly,” said CES operations director Karen Hindhaugh.

“It will make a huge difference to the residents’ lives. They will have warmer, more energy-efficient homes that will not only save them money, but also give them a healthier environment in which to live.”

The scheme has been funded by integrated power and gas company E.ON, which has worked closely with CES on a number of schemes.

Running for six months, the programme hopes to install measures in between 100 and 150 homes a month.

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