Green heating scheme.
PENSIONERS in 97 North East bungalows are keeping warm thanks to a new PS3.9m environmentally-friendly heating scheme.
Gentoo homes has received a PS1.94m grant from the European Regional Development Fund and further cash from Gentoo Group and Sunderland City Council for the project in Glebe, Washington.
Workers from Cramlington's R.F. Henderson Ltd have removed ineffi-cient electric storage heaters and replaced them with a state-of-the-art gas and wood pellet biomass plant, providing all properties with lower cost hot water and central heating.
The homes have also been refitted with the latest energy conservation measures to keep them warmer and reduce their carbon footprint.
Ian Henderson, director of R.F. Henderson, said: "There is a lot of buzz about it in the area and the pensioners are delighted with the end result. It is the middle of winter and energy prices are at the forefront of everyone's mind, so it is great to be helping pensioners who are often the people who suffer most."
Resident Joan Leonard, of Roche Court, added: "We have felt a big difference. The house is holding the heat better and is not as draughty."