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Plymouth residents urged to take up funding for greener homes

Plymouth residents are being invited to visit state-of-the-art show homes to see how they can benefit from a £4.2 million scheme, to make homes warmer and help lower bills.

 

 

The project is a partnership between British Gas, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community, and is the first of its kind in the country. Homeowners can apply for grants of up to £4,200 to insulate solid wall homes, making them warmer and easier to heat, and helping to lower energy bills. Every home that is insulated will look like new.

 

 

More than 100 homes have already benefited from the initiative, which could make Plymouth homes the most energy efficient in Britain. 

 

This weekend, residents can see the benefits for themselves at two state-of-the-art show homes - in St Judes and Keyham. British Gas advisors will be on hand to give energy efficiency advice.

 

 

Carly Rotheram of British Gas said: “Many local people don’t know that we can provide help to make homes warmer and reduce energy bills. I’d encourage people to come along on Saturday to find out how to take advantage of the funding before winter sets in.”

 

Carly added that the Plymouth scheme is unusual because it targets older homes, which require solid wall insulation. “Homes with cavity walls are more straightforward to insulate, and we have completed thousands of those. But the great thing about this scheme is that it provides funding for solid wall insulation, which is a more complex process. The results are spectacular though – making homes warmer and improving how they look,” she said.

 

 

Funding is provided via the Energy Companies Obligation and the Government’s Green Deal Community Funding awarded to the council.

 

 

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives and Housing for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are committed to making homes more energy efficient and bringing energy bills down. This partnership with British Gas and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) is crucial for creating more affordable warmth for people in Plymouth.

 

The events are taking place on Saturday 4 July at   and at  .

 

 

More information about the scheme is available on www.plymouthenergycommunity.com

or by calling .

 

Notes to editors

British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country.  Find out more at www.Britishgas.co.uk

Funding for the Plymouth partnership is provided via the Energy Companies Obligation and the Government’s Green Deal Community Funding awarded to the council.

People living in a three bed semi-detached house could save up £260. People living in a detached home could save on average £460 on their energy bills. Source: Energy Saving Trust – www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

 

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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