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Firms help keep heating costs down for housing association.

TWO Huddersfield-based businesses have helped a housing association become the first in the UK to invest in a revolutionary new heating technology which provides cost savings for its customers - and promises health benefits too.

Leeds& Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA), which owns and manages 1,300 homes in Leeds, Barnsley and Whitby, has invested almost PS750,000 in installing the Logicor Clear Heater System to provide both heating and hot water in 138 properties on its Elmetes estate in Roundhay, Leeds.

The Logicor Clear Heater System is a patented British invention by David Bowen, of Wakefield-based research and development company, Logicor.

The project was managed by Huddersfield-based distributor Infra-Red, the electricity supply was upgraded by Wakefield-based Freedom and the installation was carried out by Aqua Interiors, of Clayton West.

The system uses infra-red rays to heat objects in a room as opposed to standard convection heating which circulates warm air. Infra-red gives a more even distribution of heat, meaning temperatures can be set to 2degs Celsius less than with convection heating to achieve the same effect - minimising energy bills but maintaining comfort levels.

LYHA is also installing Logicor's hot water system which can heat water to a pre-set temperature almost instantly and offers additional cost efficiencies for customers.

Both systems are managed by an intelligent control panel which can control individual room temperature settings to 0.1degs Celsius accuracy.

Customers can monitor energy usage, running costs and temperature settings via the control panel and can even input a set budget over a period of time for the Clear Heater to run.

LYHA is also working with each customer to support them to switch onto the cheapest tariff to make the Clear Heater System as cost effective as possible.

Customers who were previously paying between 16p and 26p per kilowatt hour are now paying an average of 10.5p - a 60% saving on the kilowatt hour rate.

LYHA has set up a show home with the system installed and is using it to educate and support customers to manage the Clear Heater System to get the best results.

Clive Brook, of Infra-Red, said: "Following the successful trial of the Logicor Clear Heater System last winter, LYHA took the decision to install it into 138 properties on its Elmetes estate.

"This was a brave decision as this is a relatively new system and there were other, cheaper, options but LYHA knew its customers would ultimately be the beneficiaries of cleaner and cheaper heating.

"LYHA has acted as a trailblazer by making such a large investment relative to is size and we are already seeing larger social landlords following in its footsteps which is fantastic news."

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Derek Stewart (back, left), of LYHA, with Nigel Marsden (left), of Aqua Interiors; |James Webb, of Logicor; and LYHA customer Margaret Sheard

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2015
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