External Insulation -
Take Positive Action in Your HomeIn today's climate, both natural and financial, the importance of a properly insulated home cannot be overstated. Ireland experienced record low temperatures for a sustained period in December 2010, while the cost of home heating has increased substantially over the last few years, with further increases likely as the price of oil continues to rise. Homeowners may have as much control over the price of oil as they do over the weather, but they can take positive action in their own homes to reduce the impact of these factors by making sure their homes are adequately insulated, thus reducing the rate of heat loss through the building fabric.
Average rates of heat loss in homes are as follows:
Correctly installed insulation will reduce heat loss through the fabric of the building, increasing the level of comfort for the homeowner in addition to reducing their heating bills.
Work is currently underway on the National Retrofit Programme, which aims to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to one million residential, public and commercial buildings in Ireland over a 10 year period. This programme will incorporate current grant programmes, such as those operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). One such SEAI grant programme is the Home Energy Savings (HES) Scheme which provides grants to homeowners interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home. While most of the HES measures cover insulation practices with a history of use in Ireland, such as attic insulation and internal dry-lining, one of the measures covered by the grant which is relatively new to the Irish market is external insulation.
Green Air Technologies awarded 'Approved Dealers' certificate
Daikin Ireland have recently awarded Green Air Technologies with an 'Approved Dealer Partner' Certificate. Banks Helping to Improve Energy Efficiency
With ever increasing fuel costs, harsher winters and reduced incomes a "heat or eat" phenomenon has developed. This is especially problematic amongst the elderly in Ireland, with 62% reporting that they were worried about the cost of keeping warm. More than half of older people have been forced to go without food or clothing to pay for heating, according to The Fuel Poverty, Older People and Cold Weather study on fuel poverty.
Although there has been plenty of publicity about Insulation and Energy Efficiency grants there are still hundreds of thousands of homes in Ireland that are poorly insulated and using inefficient costly methods of heating.
There is however more help at hand. Several Banks have now got on board with SEAI Better Energy Homes Scheme and are offering special 'Retrofit mortgages' to help pay for retrofitting of energy saving changes to your home.
The 'Retrofit Finance Initiative' as well as 'Green Loans' enables you to take out a mortgage top-up in order to help you cover the shortfall of upgrade costs.
In the case of older houses with poor BER ratings the savings achievable on energy bills could even cover the cost of the loan.
For more information on retrofit finance contact your local bank branch.