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

Liz Macinarlin, 73, has had electric storage heating in her home in Drygate multi-storey flats for the 25 years she’s lived there.

A new innovation by Glasgow firm Connected Response allows her to regulate her usage more effectively.

Connected Response technology is a small device attached to the wall which allows people to set the time and temperature for their electric heating and hot water.

As there is no gas in multi-storey flats the electric storage heating is more expensive.

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

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

“With the old overnight storage heating tariff, I used to put my washing on during the night because it was cheaper. Sometimes I’d put a stew on to cook slowly too.

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

“That gives me more money in my pocket, which gives me more freedom. It means I can go to my dancing classes, go on holiday too.

“Using less electricity helps cut back on emissions, and that’s good for the planet.”

Connected Response has been working with GHA, now called Wheatley Homes Glasgow to roll out the  technology in thousands of  high rise properties.

Response helps people use, and pay for, only the energy they need by taking into account the temperature inside and outside and using cheaper tariff periods throughout the day or night to charge the heating and hot water, rather than the rigid night-time option available for most people.

Bernadette Hewitt, Wheatley Homes Glasgow Tenant Chair, said: “We always want to help tenants reduce the cost of running their home and tackle fuel poverty.

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

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