Powys County Council takes measures to improve fuel efficiency

Powys County Council takes measures to improve fuel efficiency

Aberla has been appointed by Powys County Council to improve fuel efficiency in homes across the north of the region.

Aberla Renewables, part of the Aberla Group, has been appointed by the Council to design, supply and install air source heat pumps as part of a wider heating replacement and refit initiative across the County for domestic properties.

The contract forms part of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard improvements set out by the Welsh Assembly Government’s long-term vision for housing in Wales. With community benefits and the economic and social regeneration of the works being a priority for the Council, work has already commenced to assist domestic customers in reducing their energy bills, creating warmer homes and ultimately addressing fuel poverty within the region.

Paul McCarren, Managing Director at Aberla, commented: “As sole contractor for this air source heat pump project across the north of the County, the team has already started working closely with the Council to review their domestic property portfolio. Air source heat pumps are a great alternative to replacing existing storage heaters, oil boilers and solid fuel systems. The main objective is to install this type of heating in rural areas where mains gas is not available, in turn, providing customers with an efficient and cost effective heating solution.”

By launching this programme, and working in partnership with renewables expert Aberla, the Council anticipates significant positive day-to-day impact on households and even a subsequent knock-on effect to the health and wellbeing of occupiers. In addition, with air source heat pumps being much more energy-efficient than traditional heating systems, particularly at lower external temperatures, lowering CO2 emissions and therefore significantly reducing the Council’s carbon footprint is predicted.

Cllr James Evans, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “Improving the fuel efficiency in our housing stock will help our tenants keep their fuel bills low and also ensure their home is warmer.

“Our aim is to improve and maintain our housing stock to at least the Welsh Housing Quality Standard and I’m delighted that we will be working with Aberla Renewables, who will help us achieve this aim.”

The framework runs for a three-year period with an option to extend for one additional year thereafter.

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