About

Energy Action Ltd is a registered charity established in 1988 with a voluntary Board of Directors drawn from a variety of backgrounds in both the public and private sector. The key objective of the organisation is to alleviate fuel poverty in Dublin by provision of insulation in the homes of older people and low income people free of charge.

The other objective is to create employment opportunities for long term unemployed that are creative, sustainable and ecologically sound. The work is carried out by long term unemployed, who are trained in external (FETAC) and internal energy efficiency qualifications.

This service aims to improve the energy efficiency and comfort conditions of homes occupied by low-income and elderly households, through Cavity Wall Insulation, installing attic insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets, energy efficient lighting, and energy advice. Householders eligible for this scheme are typically residents of Non-Local Authority Homes constructed before 2006 and in receipt of a Fuel Allowance payment (as part of the National Fuel Scheme).

As a Dublin based charity, our free home insulation service is confined to the greater Dublin area. However, Energy Action has links (Forum) with 25 other Community Based Groups (CBOs) spread throughout the country, delivering a similar service. Energy Action was responsible for helping to establish those CBOs and continues to mentor and train new CBOs on an ongoing basis.

Energy Action insulated 1,227 homes in 2012,and has insulated over 30,230 homes since its inception. In 2012, the company began delivering cavity wall insulation, within the short period Energy Action serviced 102 houses with cavity wall fill. Services provided include:

  • Surveying
  • Attic Insulation
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Draught proofing
  • HWC lagging jacket
  • CFL’s
  • Energy Advice

 

Energy Action developed FETAC Installing Insulation and FETAC Energy Management in Domestic Buildings modules, that have been adopted as the National modules for the SEAI Better Energy Homes Programmes. It also provides a range of accredited training programmes in energy and related services. These include:

  • Energy Management in Domestic Buildings (EMDB) – FETAC level 5
  • Insulation Installer Training – FETAC level 5
  • Building Energy Rating – BER – FETAC level 6
  • Building Energy Rating Domestic
  • Building Energy Rating Commercial
  • Surveying for Insulation Measures
  • Domestic Heating Systems – An Energy Efficient Retrofit
  • Green Buildings

 

Through its work, Energy Action has established a reputation as a “trusted partner”. This reputation is based on a track record of practical innovation, professionalism, trust and protection with various Government Departments and Agencies including, The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, The Department of Social Protection, The Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht, Department of Taoiseach, FÁS, SEAI, ADM and many urban and rural Local Authorities including Dublin City CO, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin County Council and Donegal County Council.

In addition to our core objectives outlined above, Energy Action is also involved in:

  • Evaluation of housing stock, development and assessments on housing standards from an energy consumption aspect.
  • We have influenced national policy through publications such as ‘Homes for the 21st Century – The Costs and Benefits of Comfortable Housing for Ireland’.
  • Energy Conservation and Job Creation in the Domestic Sector in 1994.
  • Since 1994 we have carried out energy audits throughout the country and produced many reports, including ‘The Ballyfermot Residential Energy and Fuel Poverty Report’ (2006), which estimated levels of fuel poverty in the area based on income levels and the energy efficiency of the housing stock.
  • Recently, Energy Action carried out a pilot evaluation of External Wall Insulation systems on behalf of SEAI.
  • Pilot Central Heating & Insulation Scheme for Older People Evaluation Centre for Housing Research: – 2009.
  • TABULA Scientific Report  – 2012