Retrofitting homes makes it possible for everyone, regardless of their income or if they are renters or not, to have a warm, energy-efficient home with lower energy bills. A new National Home Energy Upgrade Scheme was introduced this year, providing increased grant levels of up to 50% of the cost of a typical deep retrofit to a B2 BER standard (up from 30%-35% grants currently)
One Stop Shops will offer a start-to-finish project management service, including access to financing, for home energy upgrades. a significant increase in the number of free energy upgrades for those at risk of energy poverty (400 per month – up from an average of 177 per month in 2021). The Schemes will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
I believe in providing affordable and accessible retrofitting for all eligible homes in Ireland as it provides many benefits such as savings on energy and carbon, improved home comfort, greater building durability, higher resale value and indoor air quality.