Heating bills drop for council tenants

Council tenants using district heating schemes in Barnsley have seen their bills fall.

Earlier this month, Berneslai Homes, which manages homes on behalf of Barnsley Council, cut the price per kilowatt for more than 1,200 tenants who use their district heating schemes.

The unit price was originally set at 11p in April 2014, but in October it was cut to 10p and from 1 November, it was reduced down to 9.5p. 

A spokesman for Berneslai Homes said, on average, customers will see their bills fall by £62.51p.

“The reason we are doing this is because gas and electric fuel costs have reduced,” said the spokesman.

“We have also offset some of the higher cost of biomass fuel from Renewable Heat Incentive payments from the Government. We wanted to pass these savings onto customers as soon as possible.”

Berneslai Homes has 24 district heating schemes in operation. Eight run on biomass, six run on ground-source heat pumps and 10 run on gas.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues