Light bulb amnesty to launch East Devon’s Warm Zone

PUBLISHED: 15:53 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council has today announced the launch of Devon Warm Zones, a three-year project that aims to help households across the region cut their fuel bills, reduce carbon emissions and improve their health, through the use of energy efficiency measures.

EAST Devon District Council has today announced the launch of Devon Warm Zones, a three-year project that aims to help households across the region cut their fuel bills, reduce carbon emissions and improve their health, through the use of energy efficiency measures.

Delivered by Westcountry Energy Action, who are working with E.ON, one of the UK's leading power and gas companies, the programme will initially be targeted on the Exmouth area, rolling out to the rest of East Devon in 2009.

The programme aims to raise awareness of the grants and discounts on energy efficiency products and services available to households across East Devon, as well as giving advice to help people to reduce their energy consumption. It is hoped that with this advice and support households could be helped to reduce their energy bills by up to 30 per cent.

The project will also play an important part in helping towards Devon's work in tackling climate change - by insulating your home and carrying out simple energy efficiency measures - you could save up to two tonnes of carbon a year.

Councillor Miss Jill Elson, EDDC's Portfolio Holder Communities, said: "This initiative should make a real contribution to cutting people's energy bills and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint of homes in East Devon. I'm particularly pleased that it is being launched in Exmouth, which is the largest town in Devon".

To kick off the project, East Devon District Council's Environmental Health Housing teams will be carrying out a light bulb amnesty, swapping two traditional light bulbs for new energy efficiency ones, at the Magnolia Centre in Exmouth on Thursday, October 23.

More information about the Devon Warm Zones scheme is available at www.devonwarmzones.org.uk or from the Devon Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on Freephone 0800 512012 or at www.devon-energy-advice.co.uk.


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