So at Insulex we know that cost is a huge factor to consider when your’e considering whether to initiate home improvements. But good news. There are grants available. Yep, that’s right. The government are giving us money to help us save even more money?
The SEAI (Sustainable energy authority of Ireland) offers two grant schemes:
- The better energy homes scheme
- The better energy warmer homes scheme
The Better energy homes scheme
Provides grants to homeowners who invest in one or more of the following energy efficiency improvements methods: Roof Insulation, Wall Insulation, High Efficiency (> 90%) Gas or Oil fired Boiler, Heating Control Upgrades and Solar panels.
How much does the better energy homes scheme cover?
Attic Insulation – €200
Wall Insulation – Cavity – €250
Wall Insulation Internal Dry Lining
Apartment (any) or Mid- terrace House – €900
Semi-detached or End of Terrace – €1,350
Detached House – €1,850
Wall Insulation – External
Apartment (any) or Mid- terrace House – €1,800
Semi-detached or End of Terrace – €2,700
Detached House – €3,600
Heating Controls with Boiler (Oil or Gas) Upgrade €560
Heating Controls Upgrade only €400
Solar Heating €800 Building Energy Rating (BER) €50*
The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme (BEWHS)
The aim of the WHS is to improve the energy efficiency and comfort conditions of homes occupied by vulnerable households in receipt of the National Fuel Allowance Scheme. This is to be done by installing draught proofing, attic insulation, lagging jackets, low energy light bulbs and cavity wall insulation.
Costs of the better energy warmer home scheme? Nothing. The BEWHS measures are installed at no cost to the recipient household.
Terms and Conditions:
As with all schemes there are of course terms and conditions:
- The scheme is only eligible to homes built before 2006.
- Grand approval must take place before works commence.
- Works must be completed to SEAI standards by a SEAI registered contractor.
- Grant works (including a published BER – better energy rating) has to be completed and all paperwork submitted to SEAI within six months of the grant offer.
Steps in applying for a grant:
The SEAI lists out the following steps for homeowners if you are thinking about applying for a grant.
- decide on work to be done and which grant to be applied for
- Pick SEAI registered contractor
The following steps must be completed within a 6 month period of grant offer:
3. Apply for SEAI grant and get approval.
4. Get works done by registered SEAI contractor.
5. Get BER done and published by registered BER assessor.
6.Submit complete and correct forms to SEAI.
7. (Our favourite step) Get payment directly into your Bank Account.
Applying online for the grant gives a much faster response rate (3 days as opposed to 20).
Have the following ready when applying for the grants schemes:
- Your MPRBN number – this is your Meter Point Reference Number. This is the 11digit number on your electricity bill.
- The year your house was built? (must be prior to 2006)
- What type of Insulation are you undertaking?
- Your bank details to receive the Grant payment.