Innovative project drives out the chill



Published 14/11/2012 | 11:29

Eileen Windle of Corbery Estate, Glin, completes a project safety assessment form with an Airtricity technician.

OVER 100 west Limerick households are set for a much warmer winter, following a project that has seen all the homes made much more energy efficient at no cost to the homeowners.

The measure undertaken in the 107 homes included the installation of double-glazed windows and doors, attic and cavity wall insulation and energy-saving lightbulbs to makes warmer and more fuel efficient. Homeowners in Templeglantine, Athea, Glin, Mountcollins, Dromcollogher, Ardagh, Newcastle West and Tournafulla were thrilled on the completion of the works.

The project was rolled out in in Limerick County Council-owned property in the area of Airtricity's windfarms in west Limerick. Airtricity conceived the idea and, following an approach to Limerick County Council, secured over €400,000 in grant aid through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Airtricity contributed €50,000 and Limerick County Council €20,000 to the €500,000 overall cost of the project.

The project is the first of its kind to have been completed under the SEAI's new nationwide fund set up to improve the energy consumption of homes across the State.

"As a result of the improvements we've made through this project, each of the households in these 107 homes will enjoy greater comfort while spending less on the energy they use," Airtricity Community Development Officer Aoife Power said. "In addition, the improvements made will ensure each home contributes significantly to the protection of the environment by using less energy."

Launching the project at the Devon Inn on Tuesday, Limerick County Council Chairperson Jerome Scanlan described it as a great example to local authorities across the State.

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