Mayo householders urged to avail of insulation grants

Energy Minister Eamon Ryan has urged householders in Mayo to avail of the Government’s Home Energy Saving Scheme; as over half of the budget has already been applied for.

To date, almost €33 million in grants towards insulation and energy efficiency has been committed, for more than 27,000 people nationwide. Approximately 800 applications have been received from homeowners in County Mayo.

It is estimated that the full suite of eight measures could deliver a minimum saving of €700. With 56,000 measures applied for, the funding committed under the scheme to date will potentially save approximately €5 million in wasted energy. Of the eight measures available, roof and cavity wall insulation have been the most popular.

“The primary aim of this scheme is to help homeowners save money, while saving energy on the cost of the works in the short term, and on their heating bills in the long-term,” said Minister Ryan.

More than 5,000 construction workers and BER assessors have registered to carry out the works, with main interest from city regions.

“It’s about refocusing the construction sector, and creating new opportunities for our tradespeople. It’s about green jobs. It’s about over 2,700 BER assessors and 2,515 construction workers registered as at August this year. As winter approaches and while there is still significant funding available, now is the time to apply,” the Minister advised.

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