Home energy efficiency can save you money, help you improve your living conditions and reduce your impact on the environment.
You can improve the energy efficiency of your home by making improvements such as solid and cavity wall insulation, double glazing, draught proofing or putting in a new boiler.
GOV.UK energy efficiency and grants offers an online questionnaire to help you find out how to make your home more energy efficient, explains what savings you can make and what grants are available.
Help may be available to assist you with the cost of loft and cavity wall insulation, repairs to broken boilers or the installation of gas central heating systems. In some cases the cost of these measures may be fully covered.
If you are not connected to gas but there is a gas supply nearby assistance may also be available to get connected.
East Devon District Council welcomes the introduction of Flexible Eligibility and intends to utilise it for the purposes of reducing fuel poverty in the district. For more details please see the Local Authority Flexible Eligibility Statement.
Local Energy Advice Program
If you are eligible a qualified energy efficiency advisor will visit you at your home.
The advisor will fit a variety of energy saving measures like draught-proofing, low energy LED light bulbs, radiator panels, cylinder jackets, pipe lagging and shower savers.
You will also get advice on insulation, boilers, heating controllers, energy tariffs and, if requested, organise for a follow-up telephone consultation with a money advice specialist from IncomeMax.
The service is free and confidential.
Green Homes Grant Scheme
Vouchers are now available through the Green Homes Grant scheme to help towards the cost, or to meet the full cost of installing home energy improvements, such as insulation and low carbon technologies such as heat pumps.
Homeowners and landlords can obtain financial help (up to £5,000) towards making certain home energy improvements in their home. The voucher will cover up to two thirds of the cost of the work. In some cases the voucher can cover the full cost (up to £10,000) if a homeowner is in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
The work must be carried out by a certified installer(s). The installer must be Trustmark registered, and also registered to work on the Green Homes Grant scheme. Companies who install low carbon technologies must also meet MCS standards.
You can find a certified installer for a homeowner or landlord on the Simple Energy Advice website and also more information about all types of home energy improvements which can be funded, as well as applying for vouchers.