Simple energy efficiency measures can reduce fuel bills and conserve heat, giving you a warmer home.

Cosy and Warm Gas Central Heating Project

The Council has obtained funding for 118 new gas central heating systems in the eligible homes, which will improve both their comfort and lower energy consumption.  The funds coming from the Warm Home Fund, Wales and West Gas Network and SSE, will pay for a gas connection and a standard central gas heating system, at no cost to the occupier.  Insulation will also be assessed and (when needed) offered to maximise energy efficiency. 

Applications are welcome from both owner-occupiers and people who rent privately.  Eligible households (means-tested benefits or net annual income of £35000 and vulnerable to the cold) will need to have no formalised heating, electrical or solid fuel and close to the gas main to qualify.  Properties with a gas connection and gas fires may also be eligible. 

Landlords will be asked for a £500 contribution but the property must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E or above.Please contact the council or email eco@swdevon.gov.uk to see if you are eligible. 

Alternatively you can download and complete the Icon for pdf Application Form [448.1KB].

Even if you feel you are not eligible there is alternative help, so please make contact. 

The Icon for pdf Cosy and Warm Privacy Notice [330.48KB] sets out what we will do with your information and who we will share it with.


Reducing Fuel Bills

There are a number of simple energy efficiency measures which can reduce fuel bills and conserve heat, giving you a warmer home. You may be able to get some financial help to make energy saving improvements to your home.

Energy Saving Trust

For free, independent advice on how to reduce carbon emissions, how to use water more sustainability and how to save money on energy bills, go to the Energy Saving Trust.

You can also ring their helpline number, 0300 123 1234

LEAP

LEAP (Local Energy Advice Program) is a FREE energy and money saving advice service. LEAP can help you to save money and to keep your home warm and cosy.

LEAP offers a FREE OF CHARGE in-home advice visit. The Home Energy Advisors can:

  • install free simple energy saving measures such as LED light bulbs and draught-proofing;
  • check if you're on the best energy tariff;
  • arrange a FREE money advice consultation;
  • help you find funding for further energy saving home improvements.

Call LEAP on 0800 060 7567 to book your free home visit or apply online at LEAP.


ECO Local Flexibility Funding

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Help to Heat local flexible eligibility, energy suppliers/installers will be able offer grants, using the Council's . This allows them to install fully funded or subsidised energy saving measures in premises, which have been declared eligible by the Council.

The Council do not provide the funding; it is provided by the Energy Companies.

There are a number of installing companies who are contacting residents regarding the grants. The Council does not recommend or endorse any specific companies and residents are advised being eligible under the scheme may not result in a full grant.

The amount of grant depends on the type of measure along with the type of house.


Where can I find more information and advice?

For advice on insulation, grants, energy use or even generating your own renewable energy, there are a number of local community energy groups in our area. Contact details can be found here.


Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA)

The report below outlines, in draft, the Councils' approach and ambitions with regard to Home Energy Conservation as required under the above legislation. This document is subject to further consultation and will be updated in the future.

Icon for pdf HECA 2017 [3.25MB] (PDF download)