Local homes encouraged to keep warm with Pioneer Places

Posted on: 18 January 2016

Further letters have been sent to homes in North Devon, Torridge and Teignbridge districts to let people know they could be entitled to up to £7,000 towards keeping their homes warm.

The three district councils have teamed up with Cosy Devon and E.ON to provide new ‘Pioneer Places’ grants to homeowners and private-rented householders, as well as people living in park homes, with solid walls. The funding can be used towards paying for solid wall insulation.

Since September, 25,000 letters have been sent to households in selected areas of each district with more letters being issued over the next couple of weeks. The letters highlight how households can register for a free assessment to see if they could benefit from grant funding. Even if residents haven’t received a letter, if they think they have solid walls, they may still be eligible and are being encouraged to find out more.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member responsible for housing, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “Now that it’s winter, we’re keen to ensure people know what they can do to help keep their homes warm and their energy bills under control. These grants could make a huge difference, saving households a lot of money in the long-run. So if people want to know whether they could benefit from them, the best way is to find out now, as the offer is limited and they might otherwise miss out.”

Torridge District Council Leader, Councillor Jane Whittaker, says: “Insulating homes that have solid walls can be expensive, but this could also make a substantial difference to residents’ warmth and comfort, not to mention potentially saving hundreds of pounds from their energy bills. That’s why we’re keen to hear from anyone who thinks they could be eligible for this government-endorsed offer to help towards the cost of solid wall insulation.”

Councillor Humphrey Clemens, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Member for housing and planning, says: “Heating accounts for almost two thirds of a typical household’s energy use and homes typically lose around a third of their heat through non-insulated walls. Therefore, we want to encourage residents who own their property or privately rent with solid walls to check their eligibility for this offer and book a free home assessment.”

To help promote Pioneer Places, a series of free events will be taking place as follows:

  • 21, 22 January, 10am – 2pm, The Amory Centre, South Molton
  • 23 January, 8am – 1pm, South Molton Pannier Market
  • 8 February, 2pm – 8pm, Ashburton Town Hall

The funding has been awarded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, with North Devon Council leading the project in the county. Grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis and the deadline to register interest in the scheme is 26th February 2016. To book a free assessment, call 0800 508 8353 Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm and Saturday, from 8am to 4pm.

To find out more about other energy saving schemes available, visit cosydevon.com.

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