Cold Callers Warning

There have been reports of Council representatives knocking on doors and offering home energy improvements. The Council will not cold call for home improvements.

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Help to Heat local flexible eligibility, energy suppliers/installers will be able offer grants, using the Council's eligibility criteria. This allows them to install fully funded or subsidised energy saving measures for households, which have been declared eligible by the Council. The Council do not provide the funding; it is provided by the Energy Companies.

There are a number of installing companies who are contacting residents regarding the grants. The Council does not recommend or endorse any specific companies and residents are advised that eligibility under the scheme may not necessarily result in a full grant.

If any company cold calls or of they claim they work for the Council in home improvements, please do not engage with them or allow them into your home.

Reducing Fuel Bills

There are a number of simple energy efficiency measures which can reduce fuel bills and conserve heat, giving you a warmer home. You may be able to get some financial help to make energy saving improvements to your home.

LEAP

LEAP (Local Energy Advice Program) is a FREE energy and money saving advice service. LEAP can help you to save money and to keep your home warm and cosy.

LEAP offers a FREE in-home advice visit. The Home Energy Advisors can:

  • install free simple energy saving measures such as LED light bulbs and draught-proofing;
  • check if you're on the best energy tariff;
  • arrange a FREE money advice consultation;
  • help you find funding for further energy saving home improvements.

Call LEAP on 0800 060 7567 to book your free home visit or apply online at LEAP.

South Dartmoor Community Energy

For free and impartial (or independent) advice from local advisers on how to reduce your energy bills and help with heating in the South Hams, visit the South Dartmoor Community Energy website.

You can also email info@sdce.org.uk or call 0800 112 3044.


ECO Local Flexibility Funding

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Help to Heat local flexible eligibility, energy suppliers/installers will be able offer grants. To do this, they use the Council's Icon for pdf Statement of Intent [548.99KB]. This allows them to install fully funded or subsidised energy saving measures in premises, which have been declared eligible by the Council.

The Council do not provide the funding; it is provided by the Energy Companies.

There are a number of installing companies who are contacting residents regarding the grants. The Council does not recommend or endorse any specific companies and residents are advised that eligibility under the scheme may not necessarily result in a full grant.

The amount of grant depends on the type of measure along with the type of house.


Green Homes Grant

The council has obtained funding from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to offer residents up to £10000 for an air source heat pump heating or solid/single wall external insulation. 

To be eligible:

  • your property must be rated on Energy Performance Certificate of E and below,
  • you or someone in your household must be on either means tested benefit; or
  • a net household income of less £30000 a year.  

The installation will be subject to a technical survey as not every property will be suitable. 

Please register your interest at eco@swdevon.gov.uk or use the enquiry form below, confirming what measure you would be interested in. 


Energy Efficiency Enquiries

If you have a general enquiry about energy efficiency, or want to know if there is help available to heat your home, you can complete our Energy Efficiency Enquiry form.

A member of our Environmental Health and Housing team will be able to assess your needs and provide further advice.

Click on the button below to complete the form:

Open the Energy Efficiency Enquiry Form


Where can I find more information and advice?

For advice on insulation, grants, energy use or even generating your own renewable energy, there are a number of local community energy groups in our area. Contact details can be found here.