Free Insulation : Under the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme- certain home owners in Ireland can get energy saving work done on their houses for FREE.
You will be eligible to apply if you are a homeowner and your home was built before 2006 and you are getting one or more of the following benefits:
a) Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme ** (More about Qualifying for Fuel Allowance here)
b) Family Income Supplement
c) Jobseeker’s Allowance for over 6 months with at least 1 child aged under 7
d) One Parent Family Payment
** Pensioners can get the fuel allowance if their weekly income is below €330.30 (single) or €536.60 (couple)
The energy saving measures currently available for free under this scheme are:
Free Attic insulation ; Free Cavity wall insulation; Free Draught proofing ; Free Hot Water tank Lagging jackets and Free Low energy light bulbs.
In 2016 €17m was spent in grant funding on this Better Energy Homes Scheme which resulted in over 15,000 homeowners being helped with energy efficiency works to their homes.
This scheme has been allocated funding for 2017 and in March 2017 it was announced that a limited amount of deep retrofits will be available to those people who are eligible for the scheme and living in the poorest quality homes. It is expected these upgrades should be available from this summer. The government also announced that people who previously received attic or loft insulation under the scheme but did not have their cavity walls treated can be revisited to now receive cavity wall insulation.
At present average waiting times are in the region of six to nine months.!
Landlords can’t get funding under this scheme – but if they have tenants that are in energy poverty (or at risk of it) landlords can apply for other grants under the Better Energy Scheme
The services are provided by a panel of non-profit local community-based organisations and a panel of private contractors. Both panels are appointed by SEAI. The initial process begins with a surveyor calling to your home to confirm that you are eligible and assess the amount of work needed. The work is then done by an installer, if budget is available. Inspections are carried out on a sample of homes after works have been completed to ensure that standards are maintained.
You can call this freephone number to apply : 1800 250 204.
Form available online here :
Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
PO BOX 119
Or e-mail email@example.com
If you don’t qualify for this scheme – you could qualify for grants towards the cost of a new boiler or home insulations. Take a look at this grant scheme for home insulation and boiler upgrades
Note: to be eligible for the Better Energy Warmer Home scheme, your home must have been built and occupied before 2006. That means that the electricity meter must have been installed by the end of 2005 .
You can buy Low Energy LED Light Bulbs online here