– One quarter of all homes in Cavan and Monaghan have low energy E, F and G ratings –
Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth is encouraging homeowners to consider applying for a grant under the Better Energy programme. Recent figures published by the Central Statistics Office reveal that one quarter of all homes across the two counties have poor energy ratings. People who want to improve the energy efficiency of their houses can apply for grants to carry out insulation and home heating upgrades.
Deputy Smyth explained, “There are hundreds of homes across Cavan and Monaghan which are on the lower end of the energy scale. In fact 25% of homes in Monaghan and 24% of homes in Cavan fall into the poorest E, F and G ratings, compared with only 12% which achieved the top A and B ratings. This means that the houses can be draughty and cold leading to increased electricity and gas costs. I am urging homeowners to seriously consider applying for grants under the Better Energy scheme to make their houses more energy efficient.
“The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland provides grants to encourage people to improve the energy performance of their homes. This could be anything from insulating attics and walls to overhauling their home heating system and grants of up to €4,500 are available under the schemes. Improved insulation retains heat for longer, reducing energy bills. Energy efficiency is now a key consideration in property sales and a high energy efficiency rating places a home at a significant advantage in the market.
“The application process is relatively simple and can be accessed online. I would encourage homeowners across the county to consider applying for one of the schemes. The money spent on the initial upgrade works will be recouped through lower energy bills in the subsequent months and years”.
Further information on the Better Energy Homes Scheme can be found on the SEAI website here – http://www.seai.ie