The Energy and Water Agency has assisted nearly 4000 families in enhancing the energy efficiency of their homes through free energy and water consultations. This announcement was made during a consultation meeting with stakeholders on Thursday, January 18th. Ing. Charles Buttigieg highlighted the popularity of the free home visits, contributing to increased awareness of efficient electricity and water usage in households. In 2023 alone, over 700 visits were conducted, with the number steadily growing each year.
Additionally, the agency administers a scheme aiding vulnerable households in replacing old appliances with more energy-efficient solutions, reducing both carbon emissions and utility bills.
Minister for the Environment, Energy, and the Regeneration of the Grand Harbour, Miriam Dalli, emphasized the government’s commitment to sustainable energy use, transitioning towards cleaner energy, and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. This aligns with Malta’s commitment to the COP28 agreement, urging countries to transition away from fossil fuels to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
This objective is part of the European Green Deal, with Minister Dalli noting, “It is worth noting that the intermediate goal for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is at least 19% by 2030, compared to 1990. If, as a country, we continue to work together, we can reach this goal by focusing on sectors that can contribute the most and encouraging families to apply for grants and schemes in these sectors.”
The Government is allocating €1 million for the three schemes relaunched in 2024, including financial assistance for the installation of heat pump water heaters (HPWH), solar water heaters (SWH), and roof insulation and double glazing (RIDG).
Since 2021, a total of 3,888 families have benefited from four Government schemes, receiving approximately €10.5 million in financial support for renewable energy systems, solar water heaters, and other green technologies. This support was granted through schemes administered by the Regulator for Energy and Water Services (REWS), including the Solar Water Heaters Scheme, the Heat Pump Water Heater Scheme, and the Roof Insulation and Double Glazing Scheme, all relaunched for 2024. The Renewable Energy Sources Scheme for the installation of PV and battery storage systems will reopen in the coming months.
Later this year, REWS will launch a multi-million scheme supporting families investing in the installation of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems and household battery storage systems.