Irish town social housing gears up for energy saving

Social housing in the Irish town of Ennis is set for a host of energy efficiency upgrades this autumn. Nearly 130 homes in the County Clare town are part of […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Social housing in the Irish town of Ennis is set for a host of energy efficiency upgrades this autumn.

Nearly 130 homes in the County Clare town are part of what the council describes as a “major retrofitting programme”.

The Local Authority has received funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to carry out the energy efficiency works.

Due to be dusted off by mid-October, the updates include ceiling level attic insulation, cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and getting new compact fluorescent or CFL lightbulbs, which use around 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

The council will also run a check up on previous energy upgrades in some homes under Ireland’s national energy scheme, the Building Energy Rating or BER grants.

Mayor of Ennis, Cllr. Mary Coote-Ryan said: “I warmly welcome this investment programme for the energy efficiency retrofitting of social housing in the town as it will not only greatly improve the comfort levels for Council house tenants but it will also create new employment opportunities”.