This project will examine non-financial barriers to energy efficiency residential retrofits in low income households in Ireland

Project Insights

  • €176,436

    Total Project Costs
  • 3 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2019

    Year Funded

Project Description

This research examines non-financial barriers to energy efficiency residential retrofits in low income households using two approaches. The first takes existing data (e.g. CSO data), to identify what groups of low-income households are eligible for assistance under SEAI's Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme and either systematically (a) do not apply for such assistance; or (b) apply for such assistance but abandon their application. The second approach collects data via random survey directly from households that may be eligible for assistance under the scheme and will examine how framing information about the support scheme (e.g. monetary and environmental benefits) affects households' perception of the scheme, including how financial literacy, social image and norms influence scheme participation.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €176,436

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2019

Lead Organisation: ESRI

John Curtis | Lead Researcher(s)