5,000 fuel poor homes to benefit from latest energy technology in 2010

Electric Ireland and climote have announced the extension of the ‘Energy Saving Scheme’ which sees the collaboration of the public and private sectors in delivering an innovative energy-efficient initiative based on the use of smart technology. The announcement was made at the 8th annual Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference, held in Croke Park, and attended by The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D, industry representatives, stakeholders and leading energy provider Electric Ireland.

The ‘Energy Saving Scheme’ will see 5,000 fuel poor homes have their heating controls upgraded. The upgrade will allow homeowners to control their heating timings and temperature via a smartphone, text message or online. This type of technology has been proven to reduce energy consumption by up to 20% every year. The project is a real-life example of how collaboration between Local Authorities and energy providers can bring positive change for the fuel poor.

This ‘Energy Saving Scheme’ is:

– Funded by Electric Ireland with no cost to the Exchequer, Local Authorities or Housing Associations
– Tackles fuel poverty by reducing energy costs by up to 20% every year
– Reduces the energy intensity of the Local Authority housing stock
– Lowers carbon emissions
– Promotes more sustainable energy practices in wider Irish society

Eamon Conway, Managing Director of climote stated: “The real benefit for consumers and Government is that the entire scheme is funded by industry. The project focuses on families in the fuel poor category. So, it gives this proportion of society the ability to reduce energy costs by up to 20% every year with little or no intrusion to their home. Installation is complete in 30-40 minutes and each approved installer provides a full demonstration at installation.”

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(Picture is (L-R) John Dwane, Electric Ireland, and Eamon Conway, Climote, during the Fuel Poverty Conference at Croke Park, Dublin.)