Cavan homeowners "losing out" on energy efficiency

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 11:40am

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Cavan homeowners have been warned that they are losing out if they don’t take action on energy efficiency the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have said. The State body pointed to a number of incentives for action by homeowners.

They include the fact grants of up to 50% of the cost available for home energy improvements and the fact homeowners can typically recoup cost of works in as little as 3-4 years.

Over 6,903 homes in Cavan have already benefited and the SEAI says 300,000 existing homes could already be heat pump compatible.

SEAI is urging homeowners to avail of funded home energy grants and supports. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, said upgrades save money on energy bills: “They will help you play your part in making Ireland a leader in climate change, by reducing your emissions. Irish homes use 60% more energy than our European neighbours and only a tiny element of this is accounted for by our weather. I’d encourage everyone interested to have a look at the different grants available and take advantage of the funding that’s there.”

Anchor The national energy authority say 80% of energy used in Ireland’s homes is for heating and hot water. Improving insulation and adopting renewable energy alternatives will reduce energy bills. Commenting on the range of grants and supports available to homeowners, Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI, said: “These supports will help make homes warmer, cheaper to run and help reduce carbon emissions. Improving your insulation should be your first priority – it ensures you keep in all your valuable heat. Once your home is well insulated then it’s time to think about improving your heating system.

For homeowners who are planning a major renovation of their home, there is a 50% grant available that will help bring the home up to an A-rating. This will typically involve more extensive renovations, including; insulation, windows, mechanical ventilation and a renewable heating system, and will require a more substantial investment from the homeowner.

Gannon concluded: “Energy upgrades will make your home more comfortable and healthier for you and your family. Alongside using more energy efficient lighting and electrical appliances, these upgrades will also reduce how much you spend on energy in your home. Whether you do it on a phased basis or all in one go, it is a great investment in the comfort of your home, and in reducing your cost of living.”

For more information on home energy grants visit www.seai.ie.

 

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