Work has finished to instal about 48 metres of new gas pipe to connect properties in a Harrogate street.
Residents in eight low rise council flats in Kennion Court, off Knaresborough Road, are now connected to the gas mains thanks to the partnership with Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Community Energy Solutions (CES).
Leader of Harrogate Borough Council Coun Richard Cooper said: “This is one of several programmes that the council is undertaking to improve the quality of life for residents in our district.
“The work that has been done to connect these homes to the main gas network has been extensive and I would like to thank Community Energy Solutions and Northern Gas Networks for their assistance.
“The Kennion Court flats will now be more comfortable for residents during the winter months, fuel costs should be reduced as they won’t have to rely on electric storage heating, and there will also be a positive impact on the environment.”
NGN put £7,760 of funding towards the gas infrastructure works, through their ongoing programme to tackle fuel poverty.
The properties have also had new gas condensing combi-boilers and radiators installed by Help-Link on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council.
Tom Bell, Head of Social Strategy at NGN said: “The North of England has one of the highest levels of fuel poverty in the country, with 24 per cent of households estimated to spend more than ten per cent of their income on heating.
“Partnerships like this are incredibly important, helping households to access more affordable energy solutions by providing them with free gas connections and efficient heating systems which will ultimately make life more comfortable for people living in our region.”
Tenant Jack Coote said: “It’s so nice to get up in the morning now that it’s nice and warm in the house, and it’s great to have the hot water just when it’s needed.”