Better Energy Scheme

Posted on 27th July 2012

The Irish Government, through SEAI, wishes to encourage people to improve the energy performance of their homes by incentivising the cost of installing various upgrade measures. The Better Energy scheme provides assistance to homeowners to reduce energy use, costs & greenhouse gas emissions & improve the comfort levels within their home.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Support homeowners in making intelligent choices to improve the energy performance of their home
  • Reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Build market capacity and competence by driving contractor standards and quality
  • Stimulating market innovation

The incentive is in the form of a Cash Grant. Cash grants are fixed, irrespective of home size, though where actual expenditure is lower than the grant value only the lower amount will be paid. Payment is by Electronic Funds Transfer to the applicant’s bank.

What grants are available?

Grants are available to eligible applicants for undertaking the following works, in accordance with the requirements contractor Code of Practice Technical Specification.

Energy Efficient Works Incentive
  Cash Grant Value*
Insulation 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 €1,800
  Wall Insulation – External  
  Apartment (any) OR Mid- terrace House €1,800
  Semi-detached or End of Terrace €2,700
  Detached House €3,600
Heating System Heating Controls with Boiler (Oil or Gas) Upgrade. €560
  Heating Controls Upgrade only €400
  Solar Heating €800
Building Energy Rating (BER) €50**

* Cash Grants are set value unless expenditure is below the set value, in which case the actual expenditure will be reimbursed.

** A Building Energy Rating (BER) is an integral part of all grant applications under the Better Energy Homes scheme, whereby homeowners must undertake a BER on their home after grant aided works have been completed. A homeowner is entitled to BER funding of €50 once per home. This funding will be applied to your grant application automatically provided you have never applied previously for BER funding. You will be informed during the online grant application process if BER funding is available for your home or as part of your Letter of Grant Offer if you have applied through the post. It is advisable that you apply for and undertake all planned grant aided works at the same time to minimise the costs of multiple BER assessments.

*** From December 8th 2011 internal and external wall insulation grants will no longer be one single amount, but rather be based upon the house type.

Please note the minimum grant amount for the first application must be €400. A BER grant, where applicable, does not count towards the €400 minimum.

In the instance where a Contractor is completing works within his own home then only the cost of materials will be deemed qualifying expenditure.

Grants are claimed after the measures are completed and the contractor has been paid by or entered a financing agreement with the homeowner.

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