YORKSHIRE Children’s Centre will be helping to save the environment and money – thanks to new technology.
The centre, at Brian Jackson House, New North Parade, has had a new, efficient boiler installed thanks to a grant from Kirklees Council.
The new boiler, worth several thousand pounds, replaces a 25-year-old boiler which had broken down several times.
Amanda Vickers, from the Yorkshire Children’s Centre (formerly the National Children’s Centre), said: “The old boiler was 25 years old and very inefficient, the building’s heating kept failing, leaving the many staff and visitors feeling cold.
“The new one is much better for the environment and costs far less to run. Staff and visitors to the Huddersfield-based centre are now treated to a lovely warm environment every day.
“Saving money on heating bills is good news for Yorkshire Children’s Centre, because it means that the charity can help more local children, young people and families who are experiencing challenges in their lives.”
The grade-II listed Brian Jackson House is a five-storey former railway warehouse, built around 1850.
In 2009, several solar panels were installed on the west roof after planning permission was granted by Kirklees Council.
In 2010, Kirklees Council pledged £36,000 for energy-saving heating and lighting, including push taps and better heating and lighting controls, at Brian Jackson House.
On average boilers account for 60% of what households spend on their energy bills.
Replacing an old gas boiler with an A-rated condensing boiler can save households up to £300 and 1,220kg of CO2 each year.
All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a bigger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.
For more information about saving energy and money on your heating visit: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Heating-and-hot-water