Electric Ireland and climate have said the extension of the ‘Energy Saving Scheme’ which sees the partnership of the public and private section in delivering an innovative energy-efficient initiative based on the utilization of smart technology. The announcement was made at the 8th yearly Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference, that happened in Croke Park, and attended by The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D, industry representatives, stakeholders, and best energy provider Electric Ireland.
The ‘Energy Saving Scheme’ will see 5,000 fuel poor houses have their heating controls upgrade. The upgrade will let the homeowners control their heating timings and temperature via a smartphone, text message or via the internet. This type of technology has been proven to decrease energy usage by up to 20% every year. The plan is a real-life example of how the partnership between Local Authorities and energy suppliers can bring positive change for the fuel poor.
This ‘Energy Saving Plan’ is:
– Funded by Electric Ireland with no price to the Exchequer, Local Authorities or Housing Associations
– Tackles fuel poverty by decreasing energy prices by up to 20% annually
– Reduces the energy intensity of the Local Authority housing stock
– Decreased carbon emissions
– Encourages more sustainable energy practices in wider Irish society
Plan Already Proven to Work
Since 2013, more than 12,000 Local Authority and Housing Association houses nationwide have been upgraded with the climate’s remote control heating system. Not only have families in Local Authority homes saw a visible reduction in their energy prices but crucially, climate’s technology allows its customer help service to resolve 95% of customer problems remotely so families no longer must wait for someone to turn up to fix their heating.