A concerned single mum-to-be has spoken of her fear and concern as she struggles to cope with the ‘ridiculous’ cost of running her Nibe boiler.
A group of residents from the Marshall’s Rise estate in Gainsborough have spent months calling for action regarding the Nibe boilers in their properties.
They argue that these systems have already been highlighted on BBC Rip Off Britain and have been removed from properties all over the country due to their ‘inefficiency’.
Lauren Scaife is a 22-year-old single woman. She’s eight-and-a-half months’ pregnant and unhappy about the soaring costs of heating her home.
“It was only once I’d moved in that I realised there was a problem,” she said. “In my first four days of living here I’d spent £96 on my boiler - and that was without the heating on.”
“The house is just freezing and I wouldn’t recommend anyone move into these houses - especially if you’re pregnant or have children.”
Lauren says she has neighbours who are spending £30 or more a day on heating and everyone wants action to be taken.
She continued: “I’m sick of waiting for something to be done and don’t see why I should have to live with this. Some days I have to choose between being warm and being able to afford to feed myself.”
Lauren added: “It’s a constant struggle and that’s not something a baby should have to go through.”
“I don’t know what I’m going to do - I’m petrified.”
Jack Whyman, director of operations at owners New Linx Housing Trust, responded: “We are currently accessing energy usage within the properties of those residents who have complained.”
He added: “We will come back to residents to advise on our findings. If there are any indications of excessive electricity usage by the Nibe boiler systems we will investigate the matter further.”
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