Elderly and vulnerable people whose homes are in poor condition in Ireland will be entitled to receive “deep retrofits” free of charge.
Climate Action and Environment Minister Denis Naughten made the announcement as part of the nation’s plans to tackle fuel poverty in the country.
The renovations will include solid wall insulation, mechanical ventilation systems and renewable heating solutions.
In addition, those who previously received loft insulation but did not have their cavity walls treated will now be able to upgrade that.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is tendering for providers and when the process is complete, its capacity to deliver deeper retrofits will have quadrupled.
Mr Naughten said: “Cold damp housing is a breeding ground for poor health, especially chronic respiratory conditions. The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme ensures better housing and better energy efficiency, delivers for better health outcomes, helps tackle fuel poverty and plays a part in the bigger agenda of climate change.”
The government also plans to deliver large scale projects and incentivise people who can afford to make energy efficiency upgrades in their homes.
The Committee on Climate Change today revealed energy efficiency has helped UK householders save around £290 a year on bills.