Homeowners sought for energy upgrade

The Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team is now seeking applicants for the next phase of its community energy project. In 2012, Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team was one of the first communities in Ireland to have successfully participated in Better Energy Communities Pilot Scheme with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team is now seeking applicants for the next phase of its community energy project.

In 2012, Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team was one of the first communities in Ireland to have successfully participated in Better Energy Communities Pilot Scheme with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Under this phase 2, the Energy Team secured an SEAI grant for the community and in total 22 houses were upgraded. Half of the houses were social houses and received 100% funding, with “can pay” homeowners receiving a 40% grant toward their upgrades.

Works included: Attic insulation, Cavity wall insulation, External wall insulation, Stoves, New condensing boilers and Heating control upgrades.

Here are 2 case studies from last years scheme in Upperchurch and Drombane:

Bungalow, Area 160msq

The attic and cavity wall insulated, new stove, 100% cfl bulbs

Appox cost of upgrade work €2794.00

Less 35% grant € 977.90

Total cost to homeowner €1,816.10

Old Cottage, Area 90msq

The attic and cavity wall insulated, external insulation, 100% cfl bulbs

Appox cost of upgrade work €8,170.62

Less 35% grant €2,859.72

Total cost to homeowner €5,310.90

A new Energy Team committee has been formed which has set itself the goal of upgrading 40 homes per year until 2016. We expect to have grant approval toward the end of May and work to commence shortly thereafter, a number of home owners have already signed up. Anyone interested in more information or in signing up, please contact a member of the Energy Team, email energyofficerdrombane@gmail.com or contact Noel Byrne at 085 1491397. Please note the closing date for contacting the group is April 9th 2013.