​Success for our Teignbridge park home scheme at South West Energy Efficiency Awards Apr 03, 2019

Teignbridge park home scheme success at South West Energy Efficiency Awards with YES Energy Solutions' Duncan McCombie receiving the award in Bristol

Our innovative park home insulation scheme in partnership with Teignbridge District Council won South West Small Scale Project of the Year at the Regional Energy Efficiency Awards.

The Energy Efficiency Awards, which recognise excellence in the energy efficiency sector, commended the scheme which was run in partnership with Teignbridge District Council, EDF Energy, and SFP Contracts.

This follows a long list of awards for YES Energy Solutions, with recent successes in the National Energy Efficiency Awards winning Funding Provider of the Year for two consecutive years.

12 residents had external wall insulation (EWI) fitted to their park homes in the scheme, many of whom would have otherwise been unable to afford the measures without funding.

Park homes have thin walls and are extremely difficult to heat in winter, but by installing EWI in this scheme, residents are now able to stay much warmer in their homes whilst having their fuel bills significantly reduced.

The scheme was delivered through Teignbridge council's ECO flexible eligibility criteria, along with a blend of funding from EDF Energy, allowing more residents to qualify.

£9,500 of funding contributed to 12 park homes receiving EWI, with accredited installers, SFP Contracts, carrying out the work in April 2018.

Current funding for energy saving measures in park homes is sparse, however, this pilot scheme could be the blue print to inspire larger schemes for vulnerable park home residents, who are often not connected to the gas network and rely on expensive heating methods.

EWI is fixed to the outer walls of a property and protects against heat loss by providing insulation, typically saving £425 per year on energy bills when installed on detached housing (Energy Saving Trust).

Teignbridge park home resident, Michael Basham, said:

“Before I applied for the scheme, the park home got cold very quickly due to its construction of thin wood. I have lived in this home for six years with no insulation, and I can definitely feel the benefits.”

Amanda Pujol, Teignbridge District Council’s Interim Head of Service Delivery and Improvement, said:

“Teignbridge is delighted to have been recognised with this award. The district has a high proportion of park homes and those who were involved in the pilot project have told us it’s made a huge difference to them and their homes are warmer than before.

“It’s had a substantial impact on those who would not otherwise have been able to afford to insulate their homes.”
Duncan McCombie, CEO of YES Energy Solutions, said:
“We are thrilled with this award and the scheme’s success in helping 12 vulnerable residents.

“This scheme highlights the importance of partnerships in alleviating fuel poverty, and we hope to work with Teignbridge District Council to develop similar schemes in the future.

“By working in partnerships like this one, we are making use of Halifax’s brightest and best to provide dedicated help to alleviate fuel poverty throughout the country.”

Find out more about the Teignbridge Pilot Park Home Scheme.

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