Eligible residents, who are living without gas heating, are being offered the opportunity to benefit from free gas central heating of home heating from West Devon Borough and South Hams District Councils.

Top shot of the grill of a white central heating wall radiator

The funding for Borough and District residents was gained last year from the Warm Home Fund and it is still available. We would really like to see eligible residents applying as soon as possible. 

Further funding from the Councils is used, along with SSE Energy Solution's ECO fund, who are project managing the scheme.  Wales and West gas network will contribute by connecting properties to the gas network.

The Councils are targeting residents of households who are struggling to pay heating bills and living in a cold home without a gas supply.  The aim is to provide central heating for up to 232 homes. 

The project is part of the wider council target of reducing the area's carbon emissions by replacing old inefficient heating systems. 

West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Wellbeing, Cllr Tony Leech, said: "If you live in a house with no central heating and you are under the household income threshold of £35,000, then please register with the Council so you can take advantage of this opportunity.   Remember, if you are a landlord, you can also apply for the scheme as long as your property has the minimum energy rating."

The Councils will provide the boilers and central gas heating systems, which will improve both heating and energy efficiency.  This is an important step in reducing the areas carbon footprint in inefficient homes. 

Applications are welcome from both owner occupiers and also from the private rental sector, who do not have any central heating system (there is a £500 charge for landlords). Eligibility is dependent on the heating within the home and close to gas network. Homeowners must be under the housing income threshold of £35,000 p.a. 

Local community energy groups Tamar Energy Community and South Dartmoor Energy Community Energy, will be able to give advice to households on energy suppliers and energy efficiency. 

South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: "We are really keen that as many residents as possible take up this important scheme in the South Hams so they can benefit from warmer houses. There are too many homes which have out of date heating which can no longer cope. 

"If you think you're eligible for this scheme, or you know someone who is, please get in touch as soon as possible while this money is still available to us."

Please be aware that the Council will not cold call at homes offering these types of home improvement opportunities. If you are in any doubt, please contact the Council for further information.

To find out more about applying for free gas central heating, go to:

www.westdevon.gov.uk/ReduceFuelBills

www.southhams.gov.uk/ReduceFuelBills

 

Issued: 21 August 2020