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Plas Carmel Residents Receive Free Boilers & Heating Systems

Residents at Plas Carmel in Pontypridd can look forward to warmer homes and reduced fuel bills following extensive work carried out at the residents’ home to install gas and new central heating systems.

Built in 1982 on the site of the former Carmel Chapel in Graigwen, Pontypridd, Plas Carmel is a purpose built property for older people, consists of studio, one, two and three bedroom properties, and currently houses 31 residents in 26 flats. 

Residents, who range in age from 58 to 92, previously had to manage with electric storage heaters, and hot water immersion heaters. Many found this particularly cumbersome and inflexible as they had to rely on neighbours to turn the

Mary Evans, Plas Carmel resident

heating on for them if they’d been away, so they wouldn’t freeze when they returned home.

But now, with Plas Carmel connected to mains gas and with ‘A’ rated energy efficient boilers and central heating in each individual property, residents are able to enjoy their cosy homes knowing they’re reducing the impact on the planet. What’s even better for the residents is that the work didn’t cost them a penny.

In common with many social landlords at present, Aelwyd Housing Association which owns the property, is working to improve the energy efficiency of their homes to meet Welsh Housing Quality Standard by replacing electric storage heaters with new, energy efficient gas heating.  Funded through various grants, the work was project managed by Warm Wales Cymru Gynnes, which has extensive knowledge and experience of working with housing associations to improve the heating and energy provision of householders.

The first phase of the work to connect to the mains gas was undertaken by Wales & West Utilities which provided a grant for the connection. The second phase involved installing gas central heating in each of the properties, which included new boilers and radiators.

Mary Evans has been at Plas Carmel for over 2 years and is delighted with her new central heating. “The old storage heaters were very wasteful, but the gas heating is very convenient and it responds instantly. I love it!” she said “It’s great being able to come in from all the rain we’re currently having and switch the heating on to dry off. It’s well worth having and I’m extremely happy with the work. I’m so please someone wanted to spend so much money on my flat.

Housing Manager for Aelwyd, Martin Hughes said “it’s involved a lot of work and inevitably some disruption for residents, but the benefits have been well worth any inconvenience and the residents are reaping the benefits. After only a few weeks the residents are already commenting on how instant and responsive the heating is compared to their old storage heaters”.

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