SIX park home residents in Camborne have benefited from a half a million pound pilot scheme aimed at cutting fuel bills and staying warm in the winter.
Cornwall Council has joined forces with Camborne-based Community Energy Plus to help support residents with funding for insulation and energy saving measures.
This is because park homes can be inefficient at retaining heat and are usually excluded from government schemes which provide free or discounted insulation.
The council’s Green Cornwall Programme has put £500,000 towards the scheme to part fund external wall, roof and floor insulation.
Residents meeting the scheme’s criteria will be offered up to 50 per cent of the costs and access to an interest free loan from Cornwall Council to cover the rest.
Over the past two months six park homes have undergone the process of having external wall insulation fitted and a further 29 properties have been surveyed and are due to undergo their installations by the end of the year.
Funding is in place to enable a further 25 park homes to benefit from the pilot scheme.
Jeff and Gill Nutter from Tremarle Home Park in Camborne were among the first to have benefited from the scheme.
Mr Nutter, aged 68, said: “Last winter we were spending £50 a week on bottled gas because the heat escaped so quickly.
“We were too frightened to set our thermostat any higher than 18 degrees because of the cost, even though we felt cold and it was affecting our health. We were dreading the next winter so were so relieved to get this help.”
Excessively cold and damp living conditions are directly linked to poor health and wellbeing according to Stuart Kenney, private sector housing manager at Cornwall Council.
He said: “It is our aim to ensure that those most in need are provided with assistance to insulate their homes, helping them keep warm and healthy during the cold winter months and reduce fuel costs.
“Funds are limited for this scheme however, so if you are interested, make sure you get in touch with Community Energy Plus as soon as possible.”
And Tim Jones, chief executive of Community Energy Plus, said: “Park homes have a high proportion of elderly and vulnerable residents and this combined with their property’s poor insulation and expensive fuels mean that many struggle to keep their homes warm. The insulation will make a massive difference to the health and wellbeing of the park home residents in the pilot project.”
For more information or to apply for the insulation scheme contact Community Energy Plus on 0800 954 1956 or email email@example.com.