After a successful 2023, Healthy Homes promises big changes for 2024

Healthy Homes for Wellbeing team members Sarah Reeves and Shaun Caddick at one of the hundreds of events Healthy Homes for Wellbeing attended in 2023

During 2023, the Healthy Homes for Wellbeing project’s team of energy advisors delivered over 1500 home visits. Additionally, we have been providing practical solutions at 345 regular drop-in clinics at more than 20 venues. During the year we attended over 300 other events including community talks, eco-festivals and winter warm spaces.

Our team has grown over the course of the year.  Therefore, we now have 16 home energy advisors across the five districts we cover, Exeter, Mid Devon, East Devon, Teignbridge and Torbay. Also, we have a debt and money advisor, a benefits advisor and a project support team. Furthermore, we have over 30 volunteer energy champions.

We work with hundreds of front-line workers across the five districts who refer vulnerable clients to us and attend events together.

Throughout 2023 we supported over 3,000 households with in-depth advice. Moreover, we saved them in excess of £1.68m.

The year ahead for ECOE will see some exciting changes, updates, and new activities. In 2024 we are planning to open an Energy Advice Centre in Exeter. Also, we’re starting some educational activities with schools, working in partnership with Seadream Education. We plan to reach more families with medical related issues throughout the year working more closely with GP surgeries.

We’ll be launching some new energy services too. Look out for SMEAPs – Smart Energy Action Plans later this year. Finally, a new Heat Doctor project will help to keep the existing gas boiler stock running efficiently and reduce energy demand.