Effectiveness of Domestic Energy Efficiency Programmes
Despite an extensive literature in the UK and an increasing awareness of the issue, research into fuel poverty and domestic energy efficiency remains relatively scarce in Ireland. This is particularly the case for ex post analysis of domestic energy-efficiency programmes aimed at reducing fuel poverty among low-income households. To address this gap Combat Poverty and Sustainable Energy Ireland developed a fuel poverty action research project to inform public policy on the merits of domestic energy efficiency programmes. The project involved an integrated and systematic ex post assessment of the energy, environmental, thermal comfort and health benefits of the SEI-administered Warmer Homes Scheme which retrofits private homes with insulation and other energy-saving measures. The study was set in Cork City and County Donegal.