Local Minister Denis Naughten is encouraging as many people as possible from local communities to attend an information meeting this coming Friday April 27th on his Department’s deep retrofit grant scheme for energy efficiency home improvements.
“This will be the first of two upcoming information evenings, hosted by Irish Rural Link, and it will take place this Friday April 27th in the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone from 7pm,” confirmed Minister Naughten.
The second information session will take place on the 3rd May in the Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford.
The Government’s deep retrofit scheme has been running as a pilot since being announced by Minister Naughten in mid-2017 but the Minister now wants to see an increase in uptake in rural areas where people are more likely to be reliant on solid fuels. “The health and air quality benefits have been acknowledged by those householders who have already taken part,” stated Naughten but he now “wants more people to experience the added benefits that come with an energy efficiency upgrade”.
A deep retrofit in practical terms involves carrying out a number of home improvements that will bring a home’s energy rating up to an A standard. The programme provides a significant opportunity for homeowners to receive Government support of 50% towards the cost of a full energy efficiency home improvement. This involves measures such as external wall insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, and renewable energy heating systems such as heat pumps.
“A home which is warm, comfortable and well ventilated and is heated from a clean fuel source can have significant benefits for people, particularly those with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and could also prevent the onset of these conditions in the first place. The upgrades this scheme funds can help prevent exposure to such extreme weather conditions and homes that are more energy efficient are cheaper and easier to heat and light. If the pilot scheme is to be a success, we need to reach as many householders as possible. I am asking all those interested to please try to attend the information evenings,” added Minister Naughten.
“Irish Rural Link are hosting the event and they will provide lots of information and details and I will be giving an opening address on the night and will answer any concerns or questions as well. My colleague Minister Sean Kyne will be opening another information event that will take place in Headford, Co Galway on May 3rd. Irish Rural Link’s information sessions will provide valuable advice regarding the Scheme and I am encouraging as many people as possible to attend,” concluded Minister Naughten.
The programme provides a significant opportunity for homeowners to receive Government support of 50% towards the cost of a full energy efficiency home improvement. This involves measures such as external wall insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, and renewable energy heating systems such as heat pumps.
Details of Information Events:
Friday 27th April 2018 at 7pm
Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone
Minister Denis Naughten TD opens event
Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 7pm
Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford, Galway
Minister of State Sean Kyne TD opens event
Should you require additional information in relation to the scheme or the events please contact Sinead Dooley at Irish Rural Link on 087 2301525 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org