History

Energy Action Ltd was established in 1988. It is an Irish Registered Charity 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. 

Energy Action provides a free insulation service to qualifying households. This service aims to improve the energy efficiency and comfort conditions of homes occupied by low-income and elderly households, through 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 2002 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 links with 29 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 1540 homes in 2011, and has insulated over 29,600 homes since its inception. Services provided include:

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


Energy Action also provides a range of accredited training programmes in energy and related services. These include:

  • Energy Advice (EMDB) - FETAC level 5
  • Installer Training
  • FETAC level 5
  • Surveying for Insulation Measures
  • Building Energy Rating - BER 
  • LTI Training

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. 


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History

Energy Action Ltd was established in 1988. It is an Irish Registered Charity 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.

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