Yorkshire SME helps to tackle fuel poverty

INEFFICIENT energy systems are trapping many people in fuel poverty. A small business from Yorkshire is doing its bit to help people on low incomes stay safe and warm. Leeds-based 21C Eco Energy and the Goodwin Development Trust have launched the Oxypod, a “little green energy saving machine” which reduces energy usage. According to Stan Whetstone, who has spent the last 12 years developing the Oxypod, it could help to save a three bedroomed standard semi-detached house up to £200 per year.

The Oxypod was launched at the Chartered Institute of Housing annual conference in Manchester. Martin Davidson, the managing director of 21C Eco Energy, the company responsible for marketing and distributing the Oxypod, said: “Like the device, our stand was small but effective, drawing the attention of many of the country’s leading social housing providers including Gentoo, Together Housing and Luminous Group.”

Arcon Housing Association led a group of nine North West based housing associations to place orders for the Oxypod. Oxypod has been tested by the University of Hull and Enertek International and has been installed on properties ranging from one bedroomed flats to 48 bed care homes, swimming pools, hospitals and even a zoo.

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21C Eco Energy is a start-up business with a £300,000 turnover, which employs two staff at its offices in Leeds.

The company is expecting to double its turnover soon, and create three more jobs.

The Goodwin Development Trust is a charitable organisation established by residents of the Thornton Estate in Hull to improve their quality of life.