Under the Warmer Homes scheme – certain homeowners in Ireland can get free insulation and other 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 1993 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) Domiciliary Care Allowance
f) Carers Allowance (and you live with the person you are caring for)
g) Disability Allowance for over 6 months and have a child under 7 years.
NEW: From February 2022 the scheme prioritises homes that were built and occupied before 1993 and have a BER of E, F or G. (Prior to Feb 2022 – properties built before 2005 were eligible)
Existing applications will not be affected by this change. . The scheme eligibility criteria will also be extended to include those in receipt of the Disability Allowance for over 6 months and have a child under 7 years.
The energy saving measures currently available for free under this scheme are:
- Free Attic insulation
- Free Cavity wall insulation
- Free external wall insulation
- Free Draught proofing
- Free Hot Water tank Lagging jackets
- Free Low energy light bulbs.
Budget 2022 has allocated €202 million for SEAI residential and community retrofit schemes .
To date, over 143,000 homes have received free insulation and other upgrades under the scheme. In the first six months of 2021, the average value of the energy efficiency measures provided per household was approximately €17,100.
Window replacement was introduced as a measure under the Warmer Homes Scheme in 2018. Window replacement can be recommended in limited circumstances, subject to a technical survey by SEAI. This recommendation is typically where only single glazed windows exist and where wall insulation is also being installed.
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.
Note: new applicants – your home must have been built and occupied before 1993. That means that the electricity meter must have been installed by the end of 1992 .
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 other grants towards the cost of home insulation. Take a look at this grant scheme for heat pumps and energy upgrades