Better Energy Communities: challenging climate change and fuel poverty
The Better Energy Communities project has recently been developed in Ireland to combat two challenges: climate change and fuel poverty. The idea behind is to provide individuals with objective information on to have their house better insulated and make the best use of available grants.
Taking the example of the Louth County the energy advisors are in touch with local community groups working and developed a programme with ambassadors, using peer support and trust. This is an interesting example of how community groups can deliver change at local level, considering that most of the people who beneficiated from the programme are actually older persons.
Older persons are indeed often a vulnerable group when it comes to fuel poverty and energy efficiency. This is due to several reasons, including health conditions requiring warmer temperatures inside their homes, or type of houses, older persons often remaining in big and old houses even if their children have left.
The video gives an outline of what is done at community level to educate people on energy and renewable energy but also how to help them make a change in their homes to make them warmer and efficient: https://youtu.be/beDeNIE6kW0