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Park Homes Warm Home Discount scheme for 2020/21 is now closed due to popular demand

The Park Homes Warm Home Discount scheme is now closed to Park Home residents who permanently live in a Park Home and pay their electricity to their Park site owner. Due to popular demand, capacity has been reached for the £140 payments to eligible Park Home residents. It is anticipated that the scheme will reopen again in Autumn 2021. If you would like to be kept updated when the scheme opens again, please visit the Park Homes Warm Home Discount …


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Government Green Homes Grant offers subsidised energy-efficient home improvements for homeowners and landlords

With the government’s launch of the £2bn Green Homes Grant to help homeowners and landlords in England and Wales make their homes more energy efficient and save money on their energy bills, we are optimistic that this will be a much-needed financial boost for households in Cornwall. The grant provides a greatly subsidised or 100% grant solution, with average savings from installing energy-efficient home improvements of up to £600/year per household. The scheme launches on 30th September and provides householders …


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Cornwall New Energy facilitates solar investment for Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

  A member-owned renewable energy enterprise has helped one of Cornwall’s most historically significant sites to realise its ambitions for a greener future with lower energy bills. The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno expects to reduce its energy bills by around £3,500 a year thanks to the installations of PV systems on two of their buildings by the co-operative Community Power Cornwall. The museum is based on what was originally the largest telegraph station in the world, connecting Britain to the whole …


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Advice project goes door to door in St Blazey

St Blazey residents are getting one-to-one help to enjoy warmer, safer homes thanks to a pioneering project by Cornwall’s energy advice charity Community Energy Plus.   The charity has recruited and trained a ‘Community Energy Champion’ who is going door-to-door within targeted streets in St Blazey to help householders save money and access a broad range of services provided by local and national organisations.   Community Energy Champion Mel Eyers has provided in-depth advice to around 20 St Blazey residents …


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Karen Leach named as Heat Hero by national charity

A Case Worker from the Cornish energy advice charity Community Energy Plus was named a Heat Hero at a special awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament. Karen Leach from St Columb has almost ten years’ experience of providing phone-based energy advice for Community Energy Plus and in the last three years her role has broadened significantly, helping to shape and deliver in-home advice, handholding and advocacy services within the charity. Karen uses her energy, drive and technical knowledge to …


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Cornish charity warns of energy cost complacency

A Truro-based charity which provides help to local people struggling with their energy bills has advised Cornish householders to beware of energy companies taking advantage of their complacency this winter. Community Energy Plus expects that in January many households will receive a very un-merry post festive surprise when they receive their quarterly electricity and gas bills and see the impact of rising energy prices. Research by the energy regulator Ofgem finds comparing and switching supplier or energy tariff can make …


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Low carbon heat – is there an opportunity for community energy?

The opportunities and barriers for the delivery of low carbon heat projects to tackle fuel poverty in rural communities across the UK are highlighted in a report recently published by the Cornish charity Community Energy Plus.   Research, which was funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust, was commissioned to explore opportunities for rural community energy groups across the county to embrace low carbon heat technologies and provide affordable heating for all. As part of the research they have looked at …


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Chacewater leads the charge towards electric vehicles

Chacewater Energy Group are hoping to instigate an electric vehicle revolution in their local community by organising an Electric Vehicle Day on Saturday 14th July. The emerging community energy enterprise have signed-up four local car dealerships and two electric bike retailers to show a range of battery powered vehicles some of which will be available for test drives around the village. The drop-in event, from 2-5pm at Chacewater Village Hall, will include at presentations at 3pm and 4pm by Matthew …


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Cornish householders to get ‘Energy Wise’ following Big Lottery Fund boost

4,000 Cornish households who are struggling to heat their homes will be helped to achieve warmer, healthier homes with more manageable energy bills thanks to new project by the Truro-based charity Community Energy Plus. The charity has been awarded £318,000 of National Lottery Funding by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The money has enabled Community Energy Plus to recruit three case workers to provide in-depth advice and support to help vulnerable households …


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Event held to help Camborne householders cut their energy bills

Users of Camborne’s Food bank were given advice to help them to take control of their energy bills on Friday (9th February). Cornish charity Community Energy Plus joined forces with the CPR Food Bank to host a drop-in event to provide information out about grants and initiatives to help householders enjoy warmer homes, and to give advice on tariff switching and how to save energy and further reduce their bills. The event was held as part of the national annual …


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