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June 9, 2014 News

Westminster’s leading housing provider to Chop residents’ heating bills

Westminster’s leading housing provider, CityWest Homes, has pledged to fit a new energy saving device with every boiler installed on their estates over the coming year, in a bid to cut residents’ heating bills.

With a portfolio of over 21,000 properties across Westminster, and fuel poverty high on the agenda, CityWest Homes has been seeking new ways to help reduce bills for residents.

The Chop-Cloc is the latest innovation to be picked up by the provider. Designed by The Chopping Company, the retrofit device cuts heating bills by up to 30%, without residents having to change their heating habits.

“This partnership provides a new way for us to tackle issues which really matter to us. With rising fuel bills causing concern for many of our residents, we’re putting fuel poverty at the top of our list,” comments Peter Armfield, Sustainability Manager, CityWest Homes.

Chop-Cloc is fitted to the central heating system and programmes it to cut out for between 15 and 45 minutes in each hour. This makes no difference to how warm the property feels, but creates a big saving on bills, with an average household saving over £120 a year and nearly 600kg of CO2 emissions.

“Housing providers urgently need solutions to improve energy efficiency whilst ensuring that residents can afford to stay warm and safe throughout the year,” explains Garry Felgate, Sales Director, The Chopping Company. “CityWest Homes are leading the way in driving energy efficiency in their properties and we are excited to partner with them to deliver Chop-Clocs across their estates.”

Launched in 2013, Chop-Cloc has proven particularly popular with social housing providers, who can achieve half their carbon emissions reduction targets with less than 2% of their allocated budget by investing in Chop-Cloc as an energy efficiency measure.

The Chop-Cloc is part of the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT). SHIFT members are some of the largest housing association providers in the country, managing properties for over 2 million residents. CityWest Homes is the first provider in London to commit to fit the device with every new boiler installation. This follows installations by numerous housing associations across the country.

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