A total of 11,057 homes in Tipperary have benefited from the popular Better Energy Homes and Warmer Homes schemes since they first commenced, according to Cllr Virginia O’Dowd.
She revealed that Tipperary was the sixth best county in Ireland to benefit under the schemes. Figures released by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) this week outline the number of local households which have benefited from the schemes.
Overall, 4,184 have had their homes upgraded through Better Energy Warmer Homes, while a further 6,873 have availed of Better Energy Homes, she said.
Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme relates to free home energy upgrades, while the Better Energy Home scheme involves grants for insulation and heating upgrades.
The figures cover the date when both schemes commenced until the end of 2013. The funding is provided to SEAI by the Department of Communications.
“These grants allow people to live in warmer and more comfortable homes, and these figures demonstrate the extent to which the community is reaping the benefits. Participating homeowners in the local area are making significant energy savings on the back of these grants. These savings will continue as the Government has pledged to continue to fund these schemes into 2014. These positive results show that the Labour Party is working hard in Government to help homeowners and hard-pressed families make savings on their energy bills,” she said.