AS WINTER approaches, additional funding has been secured to provide free insulation upgrades to over 150 homes across Limerick city and county to help “eradicate fuel poverty”.
This year over 300 homes will received attic, cavity, ventilation, and draft proofing measures from the local, not for profit organisation, Tait House on the Roxboro Road.
The Mayor of Limerick, Michael Sheahan, Tait House chief executive Tracey Lynch, and Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan paid a visit to one of the homes last week that was being installed with the free insulation measures.
Homeowner Majella Conway, of Pineview Gardens, Moyross, said she was delighted with the works provided. “It’s been a really great experience. I couldn’t be happier, and I will be letting all my friends know about it. There’s no catch. If you qualify your [work is] done for free and it only took two weeks from when I applied to get it done. The installers were in and out in one day. I am looking forward to a comfortable warm home this winter,” she said.
Ms Lynch said the aim of the programme is to address the fuel poor homes in Limerick city and county.
“We find most applicants are unaware that they are entitled to it. This is a completely free service to private fuel poor homes. It is one of two projects we have operating across Limerick city at the moment, all working towards eradicating fuel poverty,” she explained.
Cllr Quinlivan said “it is becoming increasingly clear that many people are struggling to heat their homes properly and pay their fuel bills. Fuel prices are constantly increasing and the cost of heating homes can be a real struggle for many families.
“Fuel poverty is a real problem in Limerick for many families and especially for some of our older citizens.
Tait House operate this scheme with the support of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Department of Social Welfare. The applications will be dealt with on first come first, served basis. any applicant over 65 can also avail of the free installed monitored alarm that is linked to the client’s nominated next of kin. For further details call 061 415 340.