Make sure your home is cosy before cold weather returns

Posted on: 10 August 2016

Don’t wait until winter to heat your home. If you’re living without central heating, you could get help from CosyDevon.

The CosyDevon Central Heating Fund offers eligible residents a new connection to the gas grid, a complete gas central heating system, including a new energy efficient boiler, radiators in every room and room thermostats. Supported by North Devon Council and other district councils in Devon, the fund is managed by E.ON, AgilityEco, National Energy Action (NEA) and Integrated Energy Services.

Frank Burgess and his wife, from Teignbridge, recently had their lives transformed by the fund. The couple used to heat their home with electric plug-in heaters, an open fire and butane cylinders. However, Mr Burgess suffers from a respiratory condition and needs to use an oxygen tank, which must be kept away from potential fire hazards, so getting central heating became a priority. They applied to the CosyDevon Central Heating Fund and now their home has a new gas boiler and radiators in every room.

Mr Burgess said: “Our home is now much easier to heat and we are much more comfortable. We no longer need to worry about the risk of open flames and the oxygen tank. We would recommend this scheme without doubt or hesitation.”

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Brian Moores, said: “It’s good to hear this fund is helping to improve the quality of life of some of Devon’s vulnerable people. Central heating is something that many of us take for granted, but for a lot of people, living without it is an uncomfortable reality. This scheme has been running since December and 42 households in North Devon have already applied, with seven households with works complete or in progress. We are keen for more people to get in touch to see if they are eligible for help to heat their home.”

To find out more about the CosyDevon Central Heating Fund, call 0800 612 9301 or apply online at tinyurl.com/cosydevon.

To be eligible you must own or privately rent your home, which must be close to the gas network and not have an existing central heating system. People living in the house must also be in receipt of particular benefits and/or have an income less than £16,010 gross per annum and suffer a long-term health condition that is made worse by the cold.

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