The first project to benefit from the (National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions) NGAWS scheme were OAP residents of Kirkup Walk, Stoke on Trent. NGAWS working in Partnership with Stoke on Trent City Council and third sector staff, engaged the local community and secured £130,000 of third party funding, which enabled 48 inefficient electric heating systems to be replaced with new efficient gas fired central heating systems.
NGAWS upgraded the gas mains network and the Council’s joint venture maintenance company, Kier Stoke installed the new gas fired central heating systems. Residents of Kirkup Walk commented that they experienced minimal disruption whilst work was underway.
In addition to the new gas connections and gas central heating further energy efficiency measures were carried out with the installation of cavity wall and loft insulation; independent tariff advice was provided to ensure customers were on appropriate payment schemes. The total investment for the scheme was £240,000 (£5,000) per property.
Stoke on Trent City Council commented that without “National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions intervention, the bungalow properties would not have had the energy efficiency improvement work carried out. The new gas systems will be cheaper to run and will result in lower fuel bills for our tenants whilst reducing the amount of C02 produced, the project was well delivered by all parties”. Lifetime tCO2 savings for the project totals 3019 tonnes.
The Kirkup Walk project is the first scheme of its kind in England and was a huge success. Building on this National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions are extending the gas mains and facilitating the installation of efficient gas central heating systems to some 1,000 vulnerable homes in Stoke on Trent over a three-year programme.