New home insulation scheme

New grants will help homeowners save money through better insulation. People in Castleconnell Electoral Area should take advantage of new green grants, says Trish Forde-Brennan The Green Party’s representative in Castleconnell Electoral Area, has welcomed the announcement by ministers Eamon Ryan and John Gormley of €100 million worth of new grants that will help homeowners and people living in local authority housing to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through better insulation and energy systems. Ms.Forde-Brennan said: “The new national insulation programme is worth €100 million to the economy, and has the potential to create hundreds of lasting, local jobs. Householders who take advantage of the scheme can expect to reduce their heating bills by up to €700 per year.” The scheme will open to the public in March, and I urge homeowners – particularly those with older homes and big energy bills – to register their interest now with Sustainable Energy Ireland. They should also think about arranging a Building Energy Rating assessment, which will highlight the type of work that will bring about the best cost and energy savings. In the current economic crisis, this step makes total sense. Energy efficiency has a huge potential for our economy, and better insulation will lead to warmer and more comfortable homes, lower gas and electricity bills and many more jobs in our communities. “The refurbishment of our local authority housing will also tackle the scourge of fuel poverty, particularly during cold weather. Heating will not be wasted going out the roof our up the chimney. Reducing energy use and CO2 emissions will also help us meet our climate change targets. This is a programme that benefits our economy, environment and householder at the same time.” Grant levels are as follows: Roof Insulation €250 Cavity Wall Insulation €400 Internal Wall Insulation €2,500 External Wall Insulation €4,000 High Efficiency Boiler with Heating Controls Upgrade €700 Heating Controls Upgrade Only €500 Building Energy Rating Assessment €200