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National green best practice group welcomes two new partners

Posted by Emma Jones on 20-Apr-2015 07:00:00

The SHIFT benchmarking group for social landlords recently welcomed two new corporate partners. Leading boiler manufacturers Vaillant and Independent energy provider Utilita have both joined the best practice benchmarking group. Both companies are making great strides in reducing energy use and tackling fuel poverty.

Through innovation, Vaillant is improving heating comfort while also lowering energy bills. A specialist in heating systems, their products include boilers and heat pumps. These are all highly energy efficient and produce low emissions. Combined with that, the company is further contributing to lowering carbon emissions by focusing on utilising renewable energy sources.

Vaillant has been setting the standards in the heating market, creating products that have revolutionised the industry, from water heaters in the early 1900s, to pioneering the ‘combi’ boiler over 35 years ago.

Jim Moore, Managing Director of Vaillant, said:

“I’m delighted that Valliant is partnering with the SHIFT network. SHIFT members are making great strides to improve the energy efficiency of their stock and reduce fuel poverty. With our expertise in what is for many the biggest single user of energy in the home, we look forward to helping them do more on both these fronts.”

Utilita is leading the way in reducing the cost of energy for those using pre-pay meters, tackling the ‘triple-whammy’ often experienced by those using prepayment meters.

Prepayment users often pay more per unit, face high energy costs and typically have low incomes. Utilita’s ‘smart’ prepayment meter enables users to track exactly how much gas and electricity they are using as well as how long their credit is likely to last and a summary of previous usage. This helps people to see where they can make savings, reducing their energy use and their bills.

Bill Bullen, Managing Director and Founder of Utilita, explained that now is the time to rid the myths and misconceptions surrounding prepayment:

“We know that fuel poverty is still a huge issue for many people living in social housing – but what is less well-known is that there is a big opportunity for tenants to take control of their energy costs by choosing to use prepay smart meters.

We look forward to working with landlords who are making great strides to bring down the costs of living whilst improving homes across the UK.”

SHIFT is the environmental benchmarking network for affordable housing providers managed by Baker Homes. It helps 65 housing providers, managing over 1 million homes, to measure, monitor and improve their performance. Developed with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), the Mayor of London and the WWF-UK, SHIFT has a particularly strong focus on improving the energy efficiency of existing homes – and helping residents spend less on energy.

Andrew Eagles, Managing Director of Baker Homes, said:

“Getting our homes up to scratch will require us using all the ‘tools in box’ – better insulation, more efficient boilers and all the rest. Heating rooms and water account for the vast majority of the average home’s emissions – and therefore bills – so it’s an area of keen interest to our members.

We also need to help people use less energy the ‘smart’ way. As prepayment is a fact of life for many in the social sector, innovations to help the most vulnerable are long overdue. We are delighted to have Utilita and Vaillant on board. Their knowledge and skills will be invaluable to our members and we look forward to an enduring and fruitful partnership.”

In addition to Vaillant and Utilita, corporate partners of SHIFT include: BRE, The Chopping Company, Climate Energy, H+H UK Ltd., Inside Housing, Mears Group, ROCKWOOL®, Ventive Ltd, and Wienerberger, Lightsource


Our next Breakfast at Baker Homes event brings together products, funding opportunities, case studies and innovative energy options that can help your organisation further reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.
Join us and our expert panel for a morning of discussion, debate and DANISHES!

SHIFT conference, health and housing, housing associations, over heating, condensation

Topics: Heating, SHIFT Index, Energy, SHIFT for Contractors

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