Community Energy Plus News

Green Heating Grants for Park Home residents

Residents of 20 park homes in Cornwall could be enjoying a warmer winter this year thanks to a project to install free air-to-air source heating systems.

Cornwall Council’s public health team has joined forces with the local energy charity Community Energy Plus to provide park home residents in Cornwall with free energy efficient eco-friendly heating systems through the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Central Heating Fund.

The installations are due to take place this autumn and the Truro-based charity is encouraging low income park home residents without central heating systems to contact them to find out it they may be eligible for help through the project. Householders interested in applying can find out more by calling Community Energy Plus on Freephone 0800 954 1956.

Air-to-air source heating systems offer a number of benefits to homeowners – they use electricity efficiently, are easy to control and reduce condensation and mould on internal walls.  The heating system can also work as an air cooler during the warmer summer months, helping householders to maintain a comfortable room temperature throughout the year.

Park homes loose heat more quickly than conventionally built properties so park home residents often face high heating bills. Keeping warm and well can be especially expensive for those using bottled gas or electric room heaters, which accounts for almost forty percent of park homes in Cornwall.

Jeremy Rowe, Chair of Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “It is great to see that Cornwall Council and its partners are doing such great work to help reduce the risks to vulnerable people who have a cold home.  This additional funding will help support the installation of energy efficient air to air source heating systems for park home residents that are fuel poor and without central heating.”

Donna Cooper, Project Manager at Community Energy Plus, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering this innovative project with Cornwall Council as it offers a fantastic opportunity to promote the multiple benefits of air-to-air source heating systems to park home residents. We hope that the project will create a network of green heat ambassadors at park home sites across Cornwall to encourage more people to enjoy warmer, healthier homes using this technology.”