Anchor secures funding to improve heat networks

Not-for-profit provider Anchor has secured funding to improve communal heating systems at three of its housing developments.

Anchor will receive more than £45,000 from the Heat Network Efficiency Scheme [HNES], which is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

The funds will be used to carry out optimisation surveys on the performance of communal heating systems at Hurst Place, West Sussex, Jubilee Lodge in Northumberland, and Birch Court in Leicester. These locations each have a central boiler room which supply a combined 140 homes.

Once the optimisation studies are complete and upgrade work has been identified, it is expected that future rounds of HNES funding will offer the opportunity to bid for capital grant funding to carry out the improvement works across a range of Anchor locations. This work will identify system improvements to ensure high performance and maximum efficiency, aiming to lower heating costs for residents, improve comfort levels and reduce carbon emissions.

Liz Davenport, property sustainability director at Anchor, said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in our bid. Greening our customers’ homes and communities, lowering heating costs and reducing carbon emissions is a key aim for us. With these funds, and our own significant investment, we will be able to do that.

“We have been engaging with our customers on the need to green homes and communities as part of our Environmental Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon Strategy which sets out high level targets and a pathway to meeting the net-zero carbon target by 2050.”

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