16th August 2012
Energy Award Winners 2012 Announced
The Department of Social Care has received an Energy Award for 2012. This was for best innovation to trial the use of an Air Source Heat Pump for central heating and hot water where very few options were plausible.
The project identified a solution to homes that were still reliant on open coal fires and back boilers for heating and who were not on the gas network or with enough outside space or access for an oil or Liquefied Petroleum Gas tank (LPG).
The pilot project was to trial an Air Source Heat Pump located in the space of the coal bunker. The results from the first year were in line with projections and saw heating bills reduce by over 40%. Even with higher rental points to benefiting householders, who now have central heating for the first time, their outgoings are lower. The householders are no longer reliant on 1-2 bags of 50kg coal per week to heat their homes. Consideration can now be given to rolling this project out to remaining homes in this situation.
Director of Housing Debbie Reeve said:
“I am very pleased the Housing Division has received this award. It recognises the team, who work hard developing pragmatic, sustainable solutions that provide our tenants with good quality homes. The Department will be continuing to investigate similar innovations as technology develops and looks forward to working in partnership with officers across Government to deliver a sustainable future for the Island.”
The Energy Awards are now in their fourth year and the awards ceremony took place during the Energy Expo, which was held on Friday 10th August, at the Royal Manx Agricultural Show. They recognise the achievements of local businesses and public sector organisations in reducing their energy consumption and improving the efficiency of their organisations. Currently there are over 60 trained Energy Champions within local business and 60 within Government Departments.
The judging panel consisted of Dr Ken Milne, Department of Economic Development’s Senior Manager for Energy Policy; Peter Longworth, Government Energy Efficiency Officer, Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture; and Dr Richard Bujko, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Manx Electricity Authority.