Households encouraged to take action now to help avoid a cold home this winter

Posted on: 4 October 2016

Want to avoid a cold home this winter? If so, there are less than two weeks left for eligible households in North Devon to enquire about free gas central heating.

The reminder comes as winter fast approaches, with statistics revealing the death rate in the south west was almost 30 per cent higher over the winter of 2014/15, compared to typical non-winter months.*

To help households most at risk of being cold, the CosyDevon Central Heating Fund, supported by North Devon Council and other local authorities in the county, is offering free connection to the gas grid. The scheme, which is managed by partners E.ON, AgilityEco, National Energy Action (NEA) and Integrated Energy Services, also offers eligible residents new energy efficient boilers, radiators in every room and room thermostats.

However, with a closing date of 14 October, households are being encouraged to act fast so they don’t miss out.

Councillor Brian Moores, Executive Member responsible for health and wellbeing, said: “It is really sad to hear how extra deaths occur every winter, a number of which are directly linked to the cold weather. Therefore, we’re keen to highlight how there is help out there, such as the CosyDevon Central Heating Fund. This fund can offer free help and support to those homes most in need of a gas central heating system and I would encourage anyone who thinks they may qualify to get in touch.”

To be eligible for the CosyDevon Central Heating Fund, you need to own or privately rent your home and not have an existing central heating system. People living in the house must either be on a low income of less than £16,010 gross per annum and referred by a health professional due to a long-term health condition exacerbated by the cold, or in receipt of income related benefits. Plus the property must be close to the gas mains.

If you want to find out more about the Central Heating Fund, call 0800 612 9301 or apply online on the CosyDevon website.

* Figures taken from the Office for National Statistics 

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