Leeds City Council has today (Oct 09) announced £24m worth of funding that will be used to set up six new district heating network grounds across the region.
The heating networks provide low carbon energy to tenants by providing heating to homes connected to the network that has already been used, such as at Leeds’s Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility and transporting the hot water, through insulated pipes to homes that require the heating.
Leeds Council has already successfully trialled one heating network, with this funding being used to provide heating to 26 high-rise tower blocks across Leeds.
The Council claims that tenants can save up to 10% on their heating bills by making use of the heating network, with the added bonus of knowing that the heating being supplied is of a low-carbon variety.
Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Communities, Councillor Debra Coupar, said:
“Earlier this year, I met with council tenants already experiencing the benefits of being connected to Leeds’ first low carbon district heating network.
“Thanks to this major new investment in six new district heating networks thousands more residents will soon be able to stay warm for less too, which we know can make a real difference to our physical and financial wellbeing.
“Not only will this investment directly benefit many residents for years to come, it will also help decarbonise more of the city’s homes—and cut the council’s own carbon footprint—as we lead by example and work towards becoming a carbon neutral city.”