A St Budeaux resident has had gas central heating installed in his home for free thanks to the council’s Warm Homes Fund.
Stanley Terry, who is 91 this year, heard about the scheme after receiving a home visit from a Plymouth Energy Community Advisor.
Working with delivery partner Eon, the Council’s Low Carbon Team were able to install a boiler and radiators into Mr Terry’s home for free – ensuring the whole property was warm and much more affordable to heat.
The Warm Homes Fund, provided by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions, aims to install 200 first time central heating systems in owner occupied and private rented properties who are struggling with fuel poverty.
Mr Terry said: “I survived on one fan heater for years, moving it around as I moved rooms.
“It’s wonderful – I wake up in the morning and it’s warm.”
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Environment and Street Scene said: “Fuel poverty can be a vicious cycle, people often have to spend more money than average keeping warm, leaving less for other essential costs.
“Residents like Mr Terry are exactly who this fund is for. We pledged to fight fuel poverty in Plymouth and I am delighted to see this promise in action.”
Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions, said: “We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted to support the Council in making a difference to the residents of Plymouth.
“Solving the issues associated with Fuel Poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and the feedback we’ve already received provides evidence of how the Warm Homes Fund will make a positive difference to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain.”
The scheme is open to private households who currently do not have central heating and are struggling to pay their energy bills.
The team can also help connect gas to the property if required. For more information call the Low Carbon Team on 01752 305521 or 307574 or email LowCarbonCityTeam@plymouth.gov.uk