District heating

Recycling and energy recovery facility

In the future some residents in blocks of flats, and maisonettes, will be offered heating powered by hot water from the Council’s new Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility. This is a type of heating known as District Heating and the unit price will be cheaper than what are residents currently paying for a unit of electricity.

Leeds City Councils key priorities are to make homes more energy efficient, to reduce fuel poverty and to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses produced. District Heating will assist to achieve these priorities.

If your home is suitable for District Heating the Council will write to you with full details. Below, we have provided further information about District Heating.​​​

 

 

How can I find out more?How can I find out more?<div class="ExternalClassB94895D7E5474D5082962AEC45EC4988"><p>​​Please call <strong>0800 188 4000</strong> or email <strong><a href="mailto:housingenquiries@leeds.gov.uk">housingenquiries@leeds.gov.uk</a></strong>.​</p></div>
How long will the work take to install the new system in my home?How long will the work take to install the new system in my home?<div class="ExternalClass81BFDA53091A450293F071F762A45170">​<p>We anticipate that contractors will need to access your home for 3 days to install the system.​</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
How does District Heating work? How does District Heating work? <div class="ExternalClassF3DBE614164F42F3BE17B3B95E39408A">​​<p>Water heated by the waste from the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility is pumped underground to local energy centres. It is then transformed through, a series of heat exchangers, into heat that is piped into individual flats and maisonettes.</p> <p>Each property will have a unit installed that enables the tenant to control the temperature for their heating.</p> <p>Two new local energy centres will be built as part of this scheme and two existing local energy centres will be adapted for the new technology.</p> ​</div>
I have a gas boiler - will I be involved? I have a gas boiler - will I be involved? <div class="ExternalClass88F4C8D0F7E7458FB9B18D845E67650A">​​<p>All flats and maisonettes in the area that have their own gas boiler and central heating system will not be affected by the changes.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
I already have district heating how will it affect me?I already have district heating how will it affect me?<div class="ExternalClass32DE342247EA4BD2B74503AF4EA884F5"><p>We will provide a different, low carbon, fuel source for your current heating system.</p> <p>Work will be carried out to the boiler house and outside areas of your block and this will therefore affect all the residents of the block.</p> <p>A new system will be installed involving installing pipes between the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility to the existing boiler house, removing the current installed equipment from the boiler house and installing new equipment. Some equipment in the boiler house i.e. existing boilers will be retained to act as a backup heating system.</p> <p>When the new system is operating there will be no change in the heating costs of the old system.</p> <p>The new system will provide heat more efficiently and increase the life of the existing boilers.</p> <p>Changing the fuel source used for the district heating system will also reduce the carbon emissions for each unit of heat used.</p> </div>
How will it work in my home?How will it work in my home?<div class="ExternalClassBDFC4A9174964E35B0FE226E912417ED"><p>In each flat or maisonette, the existing electric storage heaters and hot water cylinder will be removed.</p> <p>A central heating hot water system will be installed, including a programmable thermostat, radiators with thermostatic valves, and new connecting pipework to your property.</p> <p>We will install a Heating Interface Unit (HIU) that looks like a typical gas boiler, but is used to transfer the heat from the main pipes into your property.</p> <p>To measure the amount of heat you use, a pre-payment meter will be installed which will show you what the system is doing, the amount of payment credit you have and if you need to top up the credit.</p></div>
How much will the District Heating cost me and how will I pay for it?How much will the District Heating cost me and how will I pay for it?<div class="ExternalClass1A531B6567274541B11B5C3413D1AE2E">​​<p>Tenants and leaseholders will buy their heat from the council and only pay for the heat they use.</p> <p>The Council is in the process of setting its unit price. We can assure residents the unit price will be cheaper than what they currently pay for per unit of electricity.</p> <p>A range of Pre- Payment facilities will be available.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
What difference will it make to me? What difference will it make to me? <div class="ExternalClassA9A07190E7E44EF2A5BBDCB0CC18899B">​​<p>Replacing the storage heaters with an efficient controllable hot water central heating system will make your home feel warmer and decrease average fuel bills.</p> <p>It will also mean you are contributing to reducing the carbon emissions in the city.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
Why is Leeds City Council promoting this work?Why is Leeds City Council promoting this work?<div class="ExternalClass97958C91D9BE4488AB6D5B34F238E06D">​​<p>Making homes more energy efficient, reducing fuel poverty and the amount of greenhouse gasses we produce are key council priorities and District Heating will help to achieve these priorities.</p> ​​<p>Currently, flats and maisonettes are heated by relatively old and poorly controlled electric storage heaters. These heaters, together with the way the buildings have been constructed, mean that in a recent survey of tenants, only 58% of Lincoln Green residents said that the heating and insulation was good at keeping their home warm in the winter and only 27% said that they found it easy to afford their energy bills.</p> ​​<p>Replacing the storage heaters with an efficient controllable central hot water heating system, will make homes feel warmer and decrease average fuel bills as well as reducing carbon emissions in the city.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
When is this happening?When is this happening?<div class="ExternalClass9D063FBABC724B63BE64576C9DC43522">​​<p>Consultation is currently ongoing.</p> <p>Work will be carried out in phases and should start in early 2017 (subject to planning permission, appointment of a contractor and securing all funding).</p> <p>We expect to complete all works by early 2021.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
What is District Heating?What is District Heating?<div class="ExternalClass6B92325E88934B798AFF4F6A08923B49">​​<p>District Heating, sometimes known as Community Heating, is a highly efficient heating, low carbon renewable heating and hot water system that is produced locally and distributed through a heat network.</p> <p>The new Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility at Cross Green is where this will be produced.</p> <p>You can read more about the new Recycling and Energy Recovery facility <strong><a href="/residents/Pages/Waste-strategy.aspx">here</a></strong>. ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>

 

 

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