An Post helps Irish homeowners improve energy efficiency

The Irish government has welcomed a partnership between An Post and home green energy company SSE Airtricity to provide a one-stop-shop for getting home loans to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Ireland.

Via the An Post website consumers can get a free energy assessment, affordable finance and a project management service to improve their homes. While An Post is working with SSE Airtricity at first, there are plans for other such companies to come aboard into 2021.

Speaking during a visit to the newly refurbished St Andrew Street Post office, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD said: “I welcome the contribution that An Post’s Green Hub will make to the government’s ambitions for decarbonising Irish homes, with Government targets to upgrade at least 500,000 homes to a B2 energy rating by 2030. As part of the Jobs Stimulus Package announced by the Government in July, €100m has been committed to support retrofit activity in 2021 through SEAI grants, creating an additional 3,200 direct and indirect quality, sustainable jobs in local communities throughout the country. This Green Hub is hugely welcome in that it will help make it easier for customers to access the services and grants, make their homes warmer and more energy-efficient, reduce carbon emissions, and help deliver this crucial economic stimulus. We want to make Ireland a leader in retrofitting by developing innovative ways in which to roll out upgrades, lowering the cost, and improving efficiency.”

Debbie Byrne is Managing Director, An Post Retail Sustainability, in which role she is working to improve the sustainability of the business as well as the wider community. She said, “We have big ambitions to scale the Green Hub to become the ‘go to location’ for sustainable, greener living in Ireland, partnering with leading providers in this field. We aim to be central in supporting the government and central to the national push to retro-fit up to 500,000 houses by simplifying what is a complex process. Helping householders’ to make environmentally responsible decisions when investing in their homes or moving to an Electric Vehicle.

“Our customer-friendly ‘Green Hub’ is our way of supporting this essential plan for Ireland. Access to affordable finance is another barrier consumers cite in making the decision to up-grade their homes. Our An Post Money new green loan has a market leading headline rate of 4.9% on loans over €20,00 and payments can be spread over up to 10 years building on the ever expanding range of Community Banking Services offered through local post offices and online Our focus is on maintaining our growth in financial services and presenting innovative and reliable solutions to meet every day needs,’ she said.

Klair Neenan, Managing Director of SSE Airtricity commented: “SSE Airtricity is delighted to partner with An Post to launch The Generation Green Home Upgrade Programme, a ‘one stop shop’ for home energy retrofits, as we both look to help Ireland transition to a more sustainable future.