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A project designed to allow our elderly residents in the West Midlands to save money on their energy bills has been recognised with national award.

As part of our aim to provide every customer with a home that is safe, secure and warm, we recently teamed up with repair and refurbishment specialist J Tomlinson, supplier Vaillant and funding provider, Area Eco, to upgrade the heating system at our New Road sheltered housing scheme in Solihull.

The scheme, which comprises 37 homes and caters for customers aged 55 and over, saw three commercial ground source heat pumps installed at the property which will cut carbon emissions by 131,900kg each year – the equivalent of planting around 289 trees. It is expected that Bromford customers will save up to 40 per cent on their heating bills as a result of the investment.

Now the partnership has been recognised on a national level after winning the Renewable Heat Project of the Year title at the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2019. The prestigious ceremony, which took place at the Vox Conference Centre at Birmingham’s NEC last month, showcased some of the country’s most innovative environmental and green initiatives.

The technology behind the scheme means we are able to more accurately remotely diagnose any potential issues prior to an engineer visiting site, helping to improve customers’ experience as well as saving the business time and money.

J Tomlinson & Bromford staff celebrate their award at the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2019 Head of property investment, Marc Goldby, said: “One of the key aims of the Bromford Strategy is to improve the thermal efficiency of our homes because we know that by investing in our customers, we can help them thrive in their homes and communities. This innovative project took considerable planning, with only a handful of similar systems in the UK, and we are really pleased that our partnership working to provide homes that are affordable and warm has been recognised on a national level.”

Steve Kirkland, managing director at J Tomlinson, added: “We’re thrilled to have taken home our first national award in conjunction with Bromford, Vaillant and Area Eco. The New Road project has been a great success in terms of reducing fuel poverty, engaging residents and minimising carbon emissions. We have received excellent feedback from residents on the ease-of-use and efficiency of their new heating systems.”

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