Increase in grants to householders for energy efficiency
16 March 2015
A boost in the level of grants available to householders who want to undertake energy efficiency improvements has been announced by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The cash value of every grant available to householders under the Better Energy Homes Scheme has been increased by between 25-50%. A bonus payment has also been introduced which will see householders receive payments if they complete three or more energy efficiency improvements.
The new grant levels are effective immediately and will apply to everyone who has applied for a grant that has not yet been paid. The previous minimum grant threshold of €400 has been abolished and a bonus payment of €300 for householders who undertake three efficiency measures has been introduced, with an additional bonus payment of €100 available to householders who undertake four measures. The bonus payments are available to new applicants and to householders who have already availed of the scheme who wish to undertake further upgrades.
The Better Energy Homes Scheme provides grants to homeowners to undertake energy efficiency measures such as insulating walls or attics and installing new heating systems. Since the scheme was launched in 2009 more than 165,000 homes have undertaken energy efficiency upgrades with a total Government investment of €172 million.
Under the revised scheme, a family in a semi-detached house could benefit from a grant payment of up to €4,700 for external wall insulation, a boiler and heating control upgrade, and cavity and attic insulation. A couple in an apartment could receive €3,400 towards internal wall insulation, a boiler and heating control upgrade and the installation of solar thermal heating.
“Thousands of homeowners have already availed of Better Energy Homes grants and are benefiting as a result,” said Brian Motherway, CEO of SEAI. “Their positive experiences, coupled with this announcement of higher grants, are a real incentive for even more people to consider home energy upgrades,” he added.