WDH manages more than 31,000 homes across Wakefield and invests in new build homes in the city.
WDH needed to upgrade heating controls to allow residents to correctly control the system and only pay for the energy they use.
WDH partnered with Switch2 to deliver a district-wide upgrade of district heating properties including:
- Upgrade heating controls
- Charging mechanism enabling residents to only pay for what they use
- Replacement of any previous system in operation
- Administration of the G6 (pay-as-you-go) system
- Data provider for installed AMR meters
- Supply meter readings to WDH to enable them to accurately bill the residents
- Resident liaison to ensure they were on board, faced minimal disruption and were communicated to at all times
The new systems provide a fair and accurate billing process for both pay-as-you-go and credit billing consumers and replaces existing technology which can be up to 30 years old. This technology presented a major lifestyle change for many residents, some of whom had used the previous system since it was installed and were reluctant to change.
In order to engage with residents, Switch2 also became involved in the local community, contributing funding to the newly formed five-a-side football team, which sought to reduce anti-social behaviour and social tensions, at one site that was identified as a particularly difficult community and potential risk on project success. This helped form a positive impression across the community of Switch2 and the work being undertaken.
The partnership resident involvement strategy provided a number of scheme advocates of local standing who continued to support their communities in adapting to the new system. The successes of the partnership have been realised across all sites with an increased system understanding and improved efficiencies with a reduction in overall site main gas consumption of up to 28% for some sites.
“Our residents on pay-as-you-go (PAYG) and credit billing are benefiting from the new, easy to use system. The G6 is a huge improvement on the previous outdated systems that were in place. The functionality of the G6 offers residents more information which puts them in control of their heating through access to consumption graphs and charts. With PAYG customers being able to see their credit status and top up easily, is a vast improvement and much more convenient. The new metered system is flexible and enables residents to budget better and potentially make savings on their heating bills.”
Karl Slater, Revenue Accountant, WDH