Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD James Bannon has welcomed the announcement that a number of local authority homes in Longford have been chosen to participate in a pilot programme to deliver energy efficiency upgrades where tenants are experiencing energy poverty.
“The Department together with SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) met with the CCMA Housing Sub Committee. A pilot scheme was undertaken in 2013. Longford County Council and South Dublin County Council volunteered to participate in the proposed pilot scheme. Each local authority submitted a batch of 20-30 homes to the SEAI during the period May to June this year and some homes in Co. Longford were chosen for participation” Mr Bannon explained.
The expected number of homes between the two local authorities to be addressed in the pilot is approximately 50. These will be surveyed and upgraded by the SEAI over the coming months. Measures that will be provided include attic insulation, draught proofing, low energy light bulbs, lagging jackets for hot water tanks and cavity wall insulation, where appropriate. A BER rating will be undertaken after the works are completed in each home.
“I submitted a Parliamentary Question on this issue to Minster for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte TD” Mr Bannon says, adding “I was pleased that Longford was chosen as part of this pilot programme”.
Grants to improve energy efficiency in homes are available from SEAI. Further information is available from their website seai.ie or phone 1850-376666 (General Enquiries).