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Low-income residents across North Devon can benefit from free energy efficiency improvements worth up to £10,000. This is thanks to a share of a multi-million pound Government-funded programme, led by West of England Combined Authority, working with E.ON and Happy Energy Solutions.

Under the Green Homes Grants Scheme, owner occupiers can benefit from energy efficiency installations up to the value of £10,000 with nothing for them to pay towards the costs of works. Tenants of rented properties can also access grants of up to £5,000 for energy efficiency upgrades, but the landlord will be expected to contribute at least one third towards the cost of works.

To be eligible for the grants, the residents of the property must have a low income (receive benefits or have the household income below £30,000 per annum) and the EPC for the property must be rated D, E, F or G. If there is no EPC for your property, you can still apply, it doesn’t matter who your energy supplier is.

Nigel Dewbery, Director of Residential Solutions at E.ON, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with the South West Energy Hub to give eligible residents the opportunity to install a range of energy efficiency measures on their properties.

“This demonstrates E.ON’s commitment to helping improve the energy efficiency of housing across the UK and reducing individual homeowners’ impact on the environment, all helping to support our net-zero targets.”

Head of Planning, Housing and Health at North Devon Council, Jeremy Mann says: “The council wants to support more homes to become energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions. The need to lower energy bills is becoming even more important with the large increase in wholesale prices now hitting customers. We would strongly encourage local residents to take up this offer.”

Residents who are struggling to keep their home warm and who think they might be eligible for some help can submit an application at the following website: www.heatdevon.co.uk. The scheme is expected to run until March 2022, but will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Happy Energy Solutions will survey the homes of residents who qualify to assess which energy efficiency measures could be installed.