100th home helped with new initiative

A new initiative designed to help people cut their heating bills and save the planet has just helped its 100th Plymouth household.

The Climate Active Neighbourhoods project has been targeting homeowners and private tenants in Ham, St Budeaux and Devonport.

Advisors visit people in their homes to give free advice and practical support, installing energy-saving devices such as LED lightbulbs, draught excluders, hot water cylinder jackets, heating controls and energy monitors.

It is estimated that each household visited will save an average of £200 a year. The scheme has been going for just over six weeks and items already installed will save over £7,000 annually. By March 2019 the project will reduce carbon emissions by 760 tonnes of CO2 each year – the equivalent of removing six cars from the road.

Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment said: “We believe around 15,000 households in Plymouth live in fuel poverty, which means they spend more than average on keeping warm and have less money for basic living needs. 

“We don’t want Plymouth to be a place where people sit in the cold in their own homes because they are worried about the costs.

“There are steps we can take to help residents. As well as offering advice, the energy devices being installed will make a world of difference to a draughty home.”

Jo Bussell from St Budeaux was given free energy efficient light bulbs as well as tips on how to cut her energy bill. She said the advisors had a ‘very comfortable and friendly manner that immediately put me at ease during the visit to my home.  What a really great project and it is being delivered by excellent staff.’

The Climate Active Neighbourhoods Project is funded by the EU’s Interreg fund to support a community engagement programme in St Budeaux, Ham, and Devonport.  

The Council commissioned Plymouth Energy Community to deliver the scheme and a team of five advisors are carrying out home energy assessments of 1,000 homes – both owner-occupied and privately rented properties in Ham, Devonport and St Budeaux.

To arrange a home visit call 01752 477117 or email energyteam@plymouthenergycommunity.com.