Council fund to help keep park homes warm
11:00am Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
Cornwall Council has joined forces with Community Energy Plus to help park home owners to save money on their fuel bills and stay warm.
As park homes can be inefficient at retaining heat and are usually excluded from government schemes which provide free or discounted insulation, the council and Community Energy Plus will help residents fund insulation and energy saving measures.
The Council’s Green Cornwall Programme has put £500,000 towards the scheme to part fund external wall, roof and floor insulation. Residents wanting to take advantage of the scheme will be offered a grant to cover up to 50 per cent of the costs, and access to an interest free loan to cover the rest.
“Park homes often have the lowest energy efficiency ratings, and insulating them can significantly improve living conditions and increase the lifespan of the home,” Nicola McCheyne, from Community Energy Plus.
“With the majority of residents being over 65, it is especially important that they are able to have an adequately heated home.”
An initial pilot of the scheme will see external wall insulation and energy saving measures fitted in 10 park homes. Measures include external cladding, roof and floor insulation and, where required, windows and doors will be upgraded to Upvc units.
Research has shown insulating a park home can cut combined heating and electricity costs by around 30 per cent to 40 per cent.
“Excessively cold living conditions are directly linked to respiratory and coronary illnesses, and increased accidents within the home caused by mobility impairment,” said Stuart Kenney, Cornwall Council’s private sector housing manager.
“Providing a warm environment in park homes benefits the wider society by reducing the costs to the NHS by a decline in cold weather related GP appointments and hospital admissions.
“Reducing the cost of heating a park home will also help cut the number of households in Cornwall living in fuel poverty.”
For more information or to register for the insulation scheme contact Community Energy Plus on 0800 954 1956 or email@example.com