Centrica is working with East Devon District Council on an ambitious heat pump installation project, to reduce energy bills for residents and deliver a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Between now and the end of March, 78 houses and bungalows in Lyme Regis, Exeter and Axminister will have their solid fuel heating and immersion systems replaced with low carbon alternatives. 

Each will be provided with an air source heat pump – and all necessary ancillary components – solar panels, new radiators, upgraded insulation, and a new, intelligent heating control system.

The aim is to bring the properties from ECP rating E or below up to a minimum of a C, although most properties are expected to achieve ECP B or above.

The project is being delivered as part of the national Green Homes Grant Scheme with significant additional investment from East Devon District Council.

An application has been submitted for a second phase, which if successful, could see sustainable heating technology rolled out to another 75 properties in East Devon.

"We’re committed to being at the forefront of the UK’s transition to low carbon heating, drawing on the expertise within our organisation to make a meaningful difference to local communities in everyday life, and in the context of our national net zero goals."

Ian Mather, Business Development Manager, PH Jones

Sophie Davies, housing business and customer improvement manager at East Devon District Council, added: “This scheme has real potential to change tenants’ lives for the better, by making their home heating systems more effective and more affordable – while reducing global warming and improving air quality.

“Collaboration has been at the heart of the project, which can now be used as a best practice example in the low carbon economy – showing others what can be achieved and encouraging them to follow suit. We’re proud to be investing in our tenants, and to be investing in a green future for East Devon.”

Project planning, delivery and compliance is being overseen by P H Jones, with the support of engineers, electricians and managers from British Gas.

Each home is being specified with a suite of products including a Vailliant aroTHERM air source heat pump and intelligent heating control, a Mixergy unvented heat pump cylinder with built-in solar PV modulating diverter and a series of individually-sized low water volume radiators from Stelrad, complete with thermostatic valves.


About Centrica:

Centrica is a leading international energy services and solutions provider, founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people. We serve around 10 million customers across the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe through brands such as British Gas, supported by around 9,000 highly trained engineers and technicians. We are focused on satisfying the changing needs of our customers, enabling them to transition to a lower carbon future. Our aim is to reduce emissions in line with the Paris climate goals by 2030 and develop a path to net zero by 2050.