Frequently Asked Questions
It is a National Scheme and therefore all homeowners of dwellings built before 2006 may apply. Landlords and owners of multiple properties can also apply, once they submit a separate application per property.
The Better Energy Homes Scheme is open to all homeowners. Visit www.seai.ie to apply on line or download the forms. You can also email Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1850 927000.
In accordance with the Scheme's Terms and Conditions, all works must be completed by a Contractor form the SEAI's Registered List, which will be available once the scheme opens for homeowner applications. Through the registration process SEAI ensures that all contractors are competent in terms of installation standards and specifications and that the products they use are fit for purpose.
Grant Approval must be in place prior to any purchase of material or the commencement of works is undertaken. Work already undertaken is not eligible for a grant.
Yes, a homeowner can undertake some of the measures in the first application and then decide at a later date to do more work and make a second application. There is no longer a minimum grant amount requirement.Homeowners that had previous work completed under the Scheme can apply to install additional measures. These measure will count towards the bonus grants of €300 or €400 depending on the number of measures you have installed.
Homeowners, who received a grant payment through the earlier HES Pilot Scheme may apply for measures not included in any such payment.
A Building Energy Rating is an energy label that gives an indication of the energy required to run an individual building. A BER assessor will evaluate the insulation levels, heating system and building elements to determine the overall performance. Learn more about Building Energy Ratings (BERs).
Yes a BER Assessment is mandatory. SEAI offers a €50 grant towards the BER assessment.
There is no longer a minimum grant amount you must meet for when applying for the Better Energy Homes Scheme. You can choose to have only one measure installed should you desire. Keep in mind there is a €300 bonus grant available if you choose to have three measures installed, and a bonus grant of €400 should you choose a fourth.
If your home was built in the last 3-5 years it may not be necessary for you to apply. However, if your home was built prior to this time and has had no major refurbishment to date the scheme could be for you. Completing the Better Energy Homes Scheme Self Assessment Checklist is a good place to start. If you answer YES to all or the majority of the the questions it would be beneficial for you to consider upgrading your insulation. Applications for the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme can be made online on the SEAI's website.
Yes. The Better Energy Homes Scheme can be combined with other eligible offers such as KORE's Energy Efficiency Incentive. This incentive provides an additional discount off your electricity or gas bill should you qualify. For example, you could save €650 on cavity wall and attic insulation through the Better Energy Homes Scheme, and an additional €364 off your electric bill by utilising KORE's Energy Efficiency Incentive.
Yes, if you meet the criteria for the programme. The KORE Warmer Homes Schemes offers free cavity wall insulation, attic insulation, roof and wall ventilation, draught proofing, pipe insulation, cold and hot water tank jackets, low energy light bulbs, energy advice and a BER (Building Energy Rating). The service is provided at no cost to the homeowner as long as the following criteria are met: You own the home and it was built before 2006 You are on one of the following social assistanceprogrammes: Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme Job Seekers Allowance for more than 6 months and with children under 7 years of age Family Income Supplement For more information visit WarmerHomes.ie or download an application form directly on the KORE website.
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