A 'Warm Home Fund' bid has been secured by the Councils meaning one year of funding will be shared for the benefit of Borough and District residents.
The Councils will also add money to the funding pot, alongside SSE Energy Solution's ECO fund, who will also project manage the scheme. Wales and West Utilities will contribute by connecting properties to the gas network.
Those residents of households who are struggling to pay heating bills and living in a cold home without a gas supply will be offered helped. The aim is to provide central heating for up to 232 homes, with the first homes due to being completed by the end of 2019.
West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Wellbeing, Cllr Tony Leech, said: "If residents live in a house with no central heating and they come under the household income limit, then they are able to apply to the Council so they can take advantage of this opportunity.
"Remember, that landlords can also apply for the scheme as long as their property has the minimum energy rating."
Boilers and gas central heating systems in the eligible homes will be provided by the Councils, which will improve both their heating and energy efficiency.
Both Councils are taking Climate Change very seriously and this is an important step in reducing the areas' carbon footprint in homes which don't currently benefit from efficient heating systems.
Applications are welcome from both owner occupiers and also from the private rental sector. Eligibility is dependent on the existing heating within the home and how close the property is to a gas network. Homeowners must be under the housing income threshold of £35,000 p.a.
For landlords' properties to qualify for the new scheme, the property must not be below level F on the energy efficiency rating. Landlords will be charged £500 to benefit from the scheme.
Local community energy groups, Tamar Energy Community and South Dartmoor Energy Community Energy, can offer advice to households on energy suppliers and energy efficiency.
South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: "I am very pleased that the Council has secured this funding bid for such an important scheme to take place in the South Hams. Along with the other pockets of money provided, it means that District homes who rely on older types of heating which are no longer up to the job, will get the upgrade they so desperately need.
"I'd encourage eligible residents to get in touch as soon as possible and take advantage of this opportunity to bring their homes' heating up-to-date, while this money is available to us."
To find out more about applying for free gas central heating, go to:
Issued: 4 November 2019