Energy Action is working with major suppliers to help 400,000 households in Fuel Poverty get the best value when heating their homes

Brian McSharry, CEO of Energy Action, said today that the Dublin based charity is liaising with Ireland’s major energy suppliers to help people in energy poverty obtain the best value from their limited budgets in heating their homes. Over the past 28 years Energy Action has insulated over 35,000 homes and advocates on behalf of people living in energy poverty.

“Making customers aware of the range of innovative solutions that energy suppliers are offering to help customers understand, manage and ultimately reduce their energy usage and associated costs is an important dimension to our work. This issue will be among the subjects discussed during Energy Action’s European Energy Poverty Conference in Croke Park, Dublin, on March 29th when we will be exploring solutions to energy poverty being pioneered across Europe”.

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Fiona Hannon, Head of Regulation, SSE Airtricity, Colin Bebbington, Head of Retail (Interim), at Bord Gais Energy, Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, John Dwane, Customer Operations at Electric Ireland and Brian McSharry, CEO at Energy Action at the Press launch to EEPCon18


Minister Naughten said, “I am keenly aware of how extreme weather events and energy poverty are linked. Over 9% of the EU population struggle to keep their homes affordably warm. During cold spells, those people are particularly vulnerable often resulting in worsening respiratory conditions or in worst cases, death.”

Fiona Hannon, Head of Regulation with SSE Airtricity, said that, “In the past year, SSE Airtricity has installed over 300 Smart Electric Thermal Storage units into fuel poor homes in Ireland free –of-charge to the householder. As well as demonstrating smart, low-carbon heat technology for use in home energy storage, these innovative space and water heating systems are providing vulnerable householders with more affordable and energy-efficient heat and hot water.”

John Dwane, Customer Operations and Regulation Manager at Electric Ireland added, “In 2017 Electric Ireland installed 500 Climote Remote Control Heating Systems free of charge in Fuel Poverty households giving users total control of their home heating from anywhere. Electric Ireland also offers Pay As You Go meter installations, allowing customers to pay for energy as they use it, thus avoiding big electricity bills that can put a strain on family finances.”

Colin Bebbington, Acting Head of Retail with Bord Gais Energy said, ‘At Bord Gáis Energy, we’re committed to helping Irish householders manage their energy consumption more efficiently. We’ve a range of innovative and affordable Hive energy management solutions which offer value, choice and flexibility to customers. We also work on various projects throughout the country to assist communities experiencing energy poverty.’ 

Note: Around 400,000 households in Ireland suffer from energy poverty

Energy Action is a Dublin based charity that provides home insulation at no cost to vulnerable people under SEAI’s Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme. Energy Action also advocates on behalf of people living in energy poverty and hosts annual energy poverty conferences to help raise and maintain awareness of the problem. This year’s Conference takes place on 29th March at Croke Park.


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