May 14, 2022

Beat the Squeeze: High-rise tenant in Glasgow talks about money-saving device for heating

A tenant says the new technology has helped her save £300 a year on her electric heating bill.

Liz Macinarlin, 73, has had electric storage heating in her house in the Drygate Multi-Storey Apartments for the 25 years she has lived there.

A new innovation from the Glasgow firm Connected Response allows it to regulate its consumption more effectively.

Connected Response technology is a small wall-mounted device that allows you to adjust the time and temperature of your electric heating and hot water.

Since there is no gas in multi-storey apartments, electric storage heating is more expensive.

Liz, a tenant in Wheatley Homes Glasgow, said the savings mean she can still spend money on other things.

She said: “The new system is much cheaper and much more convenient.

“With the old night storage heating tariff, I put my laundry in at night because it was cheaper. Sometimes I would put a stew on slow cook too.

“Now I have more control over when I use my electricity. I have heat and hot water when I want it and save around £300 a year on my bills.

“It gives me more money in my pocket, which gives me more freedom. It means I can go to my dance lessons, go on vacation too.

“Using less electricity helps reduce emissions, and it’s good for the planet.”

Connected Response worked with GHA, now called Wheatley Homes Glasgow, to roll out the technology to thousands of high-rise properties.

Response helps people use and pay for only the energy they need by taking indoor and outdoor temperature into account and using cheaper tariff periods throughout the day or night to load heating and cooling. hot water, rather than the stiff overnight option available to most people.

Bernadette Hewitt, Chair of Tenants at Wheatley Homes Glasgow, said: “We always want to help tenants reduce running costs in their homes and tackle energy poverty.

“Connected Response helps us do this while significantly reducing energy consumption.

“It builds on the improvements we’ve made by investing in our homes, including insulation and renewable technologies.”