Sinn Fein councillor, Patricia Logue, is calling for the Housing Executive to look at how hundreds of homes in the greater Brandywell area are currently recieving energy supplies.
Colr. Logue said if done properly it could result in “a cleaner and more efficient” source of heating for residents.
“Over the years local residents have complained to me about their lack of energy options and problems around oil heating systems. This could provide a cleaner and more efficient source of heating for the residents and give them a cheaper option. In this day and age every penny in the weekly budget counts. The five or ten pounds saved from any bill can quickly be redirected to be used somewhere else in a household budget,” she said.
“In the DCC area specifically, 30 per cent of households are in fuel poverty and 26 per cent of households with children are in fuel poverty. Overall, the North has higher expenditure on energy bills than Britain, paying £2,114 a year for heating and electricity which is more than double the highest energy bill in Britain.”