Customers cooking on gas after Derwent Living strikes boiler deal

Residents at an affordable housing scheme in Derbyshire will be feeling warmer this winter following the installation of brand new boilers at their homes thanks to funding secured by Derwent Living.

Tenants of 21 sheltered bungalows at Huftons Court in Heanor, a scheme managed by the Derby-based housing provider, have been using electric storage heaters since they were built more than 20 years ago.

Working together with neighbouring landlord Metropolitan Housing, Derwent Living secured grant funding from National Grid, which has now been able to install gas mains to more than 100 homes in the area.

As a result, Derwent Living’s properties now have more modern, efficient gas boilers, providing affordable warmth for residents living at the scheme.

Mrs James has been a tenant for seven years and, along with her new boiler, has had her kitchen, windows and doors replaced.

She said:

“The new boiler is lovely, much better than the old storage heaters which kept you hot in the day and cold at night. I can switch it on and off when I need it. There’s hot water immediately, you don’t have to wait for it anymore.

“Everybody was satisfied who’s had it done, and it only took a day to install.”

Head of asset management at Derwent Living, Andy Nickels, says the business is proud to have helped its customers increase the energy efficiency of their homes.

He said, “It’s been fantastic, working in partnership with another housing association in order to benefit our residents and theirs.”

“As the cost of living continues to rise, it’s incredibly important that we look at all the ways in which we can help our customers and this project will mean a warmer winter for those people.”