York City resident 'blessed' with new heating system

Dawn J Sagert
The York Dispatch

“I just dreaded winter to come,” reflects York City resident Beverly Beatty. The 66-year-old has lived in her home for more than 30 years, and for the past eight to 10 years, she has worried about whether her heating system would give out.

“I just prayed every year to get me through; I never prayed for a new one — I knew I never could afford a new one,” Beatty said.

But as of Wednesday, she doesn't have to worry about that any more.

Beatty was chosen by Shipley Energy and the York County United Way to receive a new heating system and hot water heater, free of charge.

“Our HVAC team was voted No. 1 in York County, and this is how they chose to give back to the community,” Shipley Energy marketing manager Erin Hammons said.

Shipley Energy service foreman Gary Owens estimated that “between the hot water heater and the steam boiler, we’re looking at between $8,000 to $10,000 for a replacement.”

Shipley Energy partnered with the York County United Way in seeking nominations of area residents to receive the installation.

Beatty said she was nominated by her sister and was notified that she had been chosen just before Christmas.

Shipley Energy began installing the heating unit, as well as a new water heater, early Tuesday. Hammons said that upon initial inspection, the installers found that Beatty’s water heater was 19 years old, so they decided to replace that as well. The installation was complete by noon Wednesday.

“We’re really happy to sponsor, this year, this program where a heating unit would be provided to a person in need,” said Bob Woods, United Way executive director.

“I don’t know what I would’ve did without this,” Beatty said. “I thank everybody that was involved — United Way, Shipley Energy … my sister. I just was blessed. I thank you. I thank everybody.”