East Devon council homes lived in by vulnerable residents to get energy-efficient refurbishment thanks to £612,000 cash injection

District council chiefs are to splash £612,000 on energy-efficient full home refurbishments for some of the most vulnerable residents in East Devon.

The authority has netted government cash to upgrade 50 properties it owns.

Work will begin in the spring and will include measures to help reduce carbon footprints and heating bills by investing in cavity walls, roof insulation, draught-proofing and replacing windows.

The ‘Fabric First’ scheme is the result of a successful bid by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to Whitehall’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

Properties due for refurbishment are those where the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) banding is E or below.

These are predominantly one- and two-bedroom bungalows, offering sheltered accommodation, where residents typically pay above-average heating bills, says EDDC.

Councillor Megan Armstrong, portfolio holder for sustainable homes and communities, said: “This funding from the Government and the council’s commitment to leading the way with upgrading some of our lowest EPC-rated properties will help meet our climate change agenda.

“The upgrade works to our properties will improve their thermal performance and ultimately enhance the lifestyle for our residents in their own homes.”

The council says it will be using the ‘worst first’ and ‘lowest regret’ approach in proactively replacing heating systems with a predicted failure date in the near future.

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