Marcella To Promote Smart Energy In Drombane/Upperchurch

Householders in the Drombane Upperchurch are invited to visit the new Energy Office in Drombane Hall. Marcella Maher, the community’s new Energy Officer, will be on hand to offer free advice and information on cutting energy costs in the home.

Householders in the Drombane Upperchurch are invited to visit the new Energy Office in Drombane Hall. Marcella Maher, the community’s new Energy Officer, will be on hand to offer free advice and information on cutting energy costs in the home.

Marcella has recently been appointed by the local Energy Team, in association with North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, to steer Phase 2 of the energy project.

Phase 2 aims to organise energy saving work for a group of householders. By co-operating as a group, householders will be able to obtain cheaper prices for insulation and energy conservation measures, in addition to availing of grants from SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland).

In the coming weeks Energy Officer Marcella Maher will meet this initial group of householders. Marcella will also be available to give advice and information to all other householders in the parish.

Originally from Ballycahill, Marcella has a background as an architectural technician and a BER Assessor: “I’m excited about being involved in this project. Drombane/Upperchurch is community which is taking the lead with this energy initiative. As well as saving people money and creating work, this can be a first step in making the community energy independent. We want to show other rural communities the benefits of a do-it-yourself approach to fighting the recession.”

Phase 1 was completed with the launch of an Energy Survey Report (the report calculated that over 1 million euro is spent on home energy in the parish – a saving of €200,000 could be created, if households reduced energy use and waste by just 20%). At the launch over 30 households expressed an interested in being involved in Phase 2 of the Energy Reduction initiative.

Marcella will be reporting to Noel Byrne and Martin O’Donoghue of the Energy Team. The Energy Officer can be contacted by telephone: 085 8013647; email: energyofficerdrombane@gmail.com and on facebook: www.facebook.com/duenergy