Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Ceisteanna (195)

James Browne


195. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the grounds on which the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, SEAI, will provide free window replacements under the warmer homes scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41494/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The Warmer Homes Scheme is funded by my Department and administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The scheme delivers a range of energy efficiency measures free of charge to low income households vulnerable to energy poverty, who meet the defined eligibility criteria. Typical measures available under the scheme include attic and cavity wall insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets and low energy light bulbs. These measures were selected for inclusion in the scheme as they were deemed most likely to deliver significant energy savings to homeowners, at least relative cost, and would thereby optimise the use of Exchequer funds while at the same time maximising the opportunities for homeowner participation.

Earlier this year I expanded the measures available under this scheme to include dry lining and external wall insulation. These new measures will increase the number of households that can avail of the scheme. Subject to an SEAI survey, replacement windows may be offered in limited circumstances, most likely where external wall insulation is being carried out and the existing windows are very poor performing and need to be replaced to ensure the insulation performs effectively.

More information on this scheme is available on SEAI’s website or by Freephone 1800 250 204.