Carlisle City Council Case Study
Union Technical is working with Carlisle City Council on the
ongoing Homelife Carlisle Project which installs energy efficiency measures into
local homes. This project is estimated to save each household over £250 per
year from their fuel bills.
This unique project is provided by Carlisle City Council and the Homelife Improvement Agency. A range of funding streams are utilised which gives residents access to energy efficiency measures and other home improvements. The grants, which include those for energy efficiency, administered by Homelife has helped to keep low-income and vulnerable households safe and warm, reduce accidents and risks in the home, assist people with dementia make changes to be able to live longer in their own home and preventing risks of unsafe gas appliances.
As an approved Contractor of Carlisle City Council, Union
Technical Services are able to use various funding streams to install a full
range of energy saving products for local residents. Already a range of product
installs have taken place including, loft, cavity wall, internal wall, room in
roof and under floor insulation as well as fitting new gas boilers. Renewable
heat technologies are also being considered.
This work is completed free of charge to residents utilising
funding secured by Union Technical from the major utility companies under the
Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Union Technical are also assisting Carlisle City Council to deliver their Flexible Eligibility part of ECO. This comprises of a council designed eligibility criteria to assist those in need of help with improving the thermal efficiency of their properties but who do not qualify through the normal ECO route.
What Customers Have To Say
We’ve had fantastic feedback from
residents who have benefited from these energy saving measures with one saying “Highly satisfied with the professionalism and information provided by
the person I first spoke to. They were very informative and helpful. The
assessor who came to my home was a very nice man and helped me to understand
exactly what was going to happen in my house. When John came to fit the work he
did a great job. Everything was fitted neatly and my house was left spotless
after the work was carried out.
is now lovely and warm, the staff I dealt with at Union Technical were great
and always happy to help. I still can’t believe the council and Union Technical
did all of this for free for us. I have recommended family and friends to
contact the council and Union Technical to have their houses made warmer too.”
resident following a boiler replacement stated Union Technical were “very
friendly and no mess to clean up.”
of Business Development at Union Technical Services, Kirsty Brown, said, “It is
wonderful to be part of this project and be able to assist residents stay warm
and well. It is known that living in a cold home can have so many implications
on mental and physical health. By installing heating and insulation into homes we
know we can save people money on their fuel bills and in the current economic
climate, saving money is vital to us all. Being part of delivering such a
project gives us great pride, knowing that what we do helps local people and
makes a positive difference to their lives”.
What Union Technical & Carlisle City Council Have Achieved
Carlisle City Council also won the highly commended award for
Local Authority of the Year at the event held in Bolton, having been nominated
by Union Technical. The grants, which include those for energy efficiency,
administered by Homelife has helped to keep low-income and vulnerable
households safe and warm, reduce accidents and risks in the home, assist people
with dementia make changes to be able to live longer in their own home and
preventing risks of unsafe gas appliances.
In the last 12 months, over 520 discretionary housing grants have
been approved, over 50 Gas Safe Charity grants administered and over 270 homes
in Carlisle and district area have been improved.
Carlisle City Cllr Paul Nedved Portfolio holder for Economy,
Enterprise and Housing, said:
“It is great that we are working with contractors like Union
Technical to help improve the energy efficiency of local homes whilst at the
same time helping them keep safe and warm. We are grateful for Union Technical
for nominating us for this award and recognising the achievements of our Home
Improvement Agency Homelife Carlisle – including our successful Help to Heat
flexible eligibility ECO scheme.”
This project is an ongoing success, and this is reflected in
our 2019 North West Energy Efficiency Awards win for the highly commended award
for Regional Small Scale Project of the Year.
Contact Us Today
Union Technical works with councils across the country to provide energy efficiency services. Get in touch with us now to learn more about what we can do for your local area.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps are one of our most popular services and our team recently fitted this system in the Lochgilphead area of Scotland.
Our team initially completed an EPC on the property before putting it forward for a technical survey for the air source heat pump design and installation. Our technical surveyor, Scott, then met with the customer to discuss exactly how the system would work and the benefits that come with its installation.
As part of the technical survey, Scott then took wall space sizes for the radiators and measured the size of the cupboard where the new unvented cylinder would be placed. He also found the perfect outdoor spot where the new heat pump could be installed, and measurements were taken for this.
As part of the design process, Scott discussed with the client any disruption to their home and where the pipes would run. They both then agreed on where the new radiator positions would be, subject to design approval. Scott then designed the completed heat pump system, the radiators and the hot water cylinder that would suit the house.
After arranging a date that was suitable for the customer, the air source heat pump installation was completed in just two days and the customer now enjoys a much more energy efficient home.