Huge level of interest in home energy scheme

Monday 15 June 2009 15.34
Insulation - Funding still available
Insulation - Funding still available

The Government’s Home Energy Saving Scheme launched in February has proven immensely popular with €16m in grants being paid out so far.

In just four months since the scheme was officially announced 12,000 homes nationwide have received insulation grants.

Over 2,000 construction workers and trades people have registered to carry out the works, with a similar level of Building Energy Rating assessors involved, according to Energy Minister Eamon Ryan.

Minister Ryan said that ‘a large proportion of our houses have been losing heat, wasting energy and crucially, wasting money as a result of poor insulation. It may not be to the forefront of people's minds in the summer months, but now is the time to get the work done.’

With a budget reaching €50m for this year, significant funding is still available under the scheme.

Homeowners can avail of grant assistance for a range of measures including roof and cavity wall insulation, heating control upgrades as well as high efficiency boiler upgrades among others.

The scheme offers grants of up to 40% of the typical cost of energy efficiency upgrade measures, varying depending on the measure concerned.

Owners of homes built before 2006 can now apply online at www.sei.ie/hes or contact Sustainable Energy Ireland on 1850 927000.