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Government Announces National Insulation Programme for Economic Recovery

€100 Million for Insulation Schemes in 2009 

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan and the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley launched the national insulation programme for economic recovery on 8th of February 2009. The three-strand insulation programme will cut heating bills for householders, reduce carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs both directly and indirectly over the course of 2009.

In the context of the economic crisis, there is an opportunity to redirect the economy and to refocus state and private investment onto a more sustainable path. The announcement of €100 million for this year, will unlock the huge potential for energy efficiency in our economy.

Energy efficiency/insulation programmes help provide for economic competitiveness, security of energy supply and tackle climate change. These are the three pillars of the Government’s energy policy.

The national insulation programme for economic recovery will be divided into a number of packages, with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources taking a coordinating role.

The programme will consist of a number of grant schemes:

1.      The Home Energy Saving Scheme (private middle income homes) - €50 million

2.      Warmer Homes Scheme and Local Authority housing (low income private homes and rented local authority housing) - €50 million

Grants to support a range of improvements will be available.

For further information regarding the schemes, contact Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) at www.sei.ie/hes or on their dedicated phone line 1850 927 000.

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