Under the Warmer Homes scheme– certain homeowners in Ireland can get energy-saving work done on their houses for FREE.
You are 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) Working FamilyPayment
c) Jobseeker’s Allowance (for over 6 months) with at least 1 child under 7
d) One Parent Family Payment
e) Domicilliary Care Allowance
f) Carers Allowance (and you live with the person you are caring for)
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
- Free Low energy light bulbs.
As part of budget 2020, the Government has allocated a total of €52.8 million to the scheme for 2020, more than double the initial allocation for 2019.
The government has said that anyone 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.
Prior to COVID-19 disruptions, normal waiting time on the Warmer Homes Scheme, from application to completion of works, was between 18 and 24 months. However, public health guidelines meant the scheme was fully paused between March and June. The scheme remains significantly restricted, which is having a further impact on these waiting times.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t qualify for this scheme – you could qualify for other grants towards the cost of home insulation. Take a look at this grant scheme for home insulation and heating control 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 .