These next few pages will guide you through all you need to know about your property’s heating and hot water system.
Rather than having an individual boiler in each property, community heating is generated from a central energy centre with one set of boilers. These boilers may be gas or include renewable sources such as biomass (wood) fuel. In addition to heating, water and electricity may also be included in the central energy centre. The utilities are then distributed to your property via a local infrastructure (pipes and wires) direct to homes. The main thing to remember is that with community energy you have a pre-heated building that is kept warm all the time. This means you only have to pay for the heat you use in your home and not the costs associated with running an individual boiler from cold to hot. Centralised community energy schemes optimise efficiency far and above that of an individual system supplying one customer.
Community heating is an efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly form of heating.
It is important you understand the difference between community heating and gas boiler central heating, and the costs of these. The price per unit can be higher for community heating but you will use less energy than those who have an individual boiler.
Community heating is significantly cheaper than electric heating.
Your property is part of a community heating system. This means there is a central boiler room which pumps hot water through pipes to each property. There are individual smart meters in each property that measure the heating and hot water used.
Generally, a centralised boiler generates heat and hot water and distributes it to homes included in the scheme. It is more efficient than each home having individual boilers. Instead, each property connected to the scheme has a Heat Interface Unit (HIU) and a heat meter. The heat meter measures each kilowatt hour used in the property, this is then used to calculate your bills.
Your landlord, housing association or managing agent will need to provide us with your details in order to be registered on our system. We cannot accept registrations from residents themselves. If you suspect you are not registered then please contact your landlord in advance of calling Switch2.
Call our customer services team on 0333 321 2010 available Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm. We also operate a 24/7/365 emergency service using the same number.
If you haven’t received your welcome pack, and are new to Switch2: Please call us on 03333212010 or email email@example.com.
If you have a disability or special need, we have a range of services that will provide the extra help you may need. If you’d prefer someone else you trust to handle your account on your behalf, once we have authorisation from you, we can arrange for bills and letters to be sent to another person, such as a close friend or relative.
We are keen to understand your needs so that we can keep a record on our system and ensure our engineers and staff are aware of this so we can provide you with the best, most suited service to your requirements. Please contact us or log your special request via the vulnerability section on my.switch2.co.uk.
The services Switch2 provides varies between customers. It can be a combination of the services below. To find out for definite which services Switch2 provides to you: check your welcome letter, my.switch2.co.uk or call us on 0333 321 2010.
Your meters are read remotely via Automatic Meter Reading equipment (AMR) which means you do not have to submit readings and we do not have to come out to obtain readings. This is a significant benefit and means you will seamlessly receive monthly bills from us based on accurate meter readings. Estimates may be used if we have a problem reading your meter but this will be clearly highlighted on your bill.
If you are connected to a community energy scheme the possibility of changing supplier is very unlikely and the change could prove costly bearing in mind individual boiler purchase costs, rewiring and servicing. We will also do everything possible to ensure our tariffs are comparable to conventional heating systems.
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