A pilot scheme to install free insulation and other energy efficiency measures in certain households was running in Dublin prior to Feb 2022 It was called the “Warmth and Wellbeing” and was piloted in selected areas of Dublin. Any new eligible applications for the scheme received on or after 28 February 2022 were transferred to the Warmer Homes Scheme.
Under the scheme – households where a member has a chronic respiratory disease and who met other requirements were eligible for things such as free wall insulation and attic insulation or even new boilers.
Who was Eligible for the Scheme ?
Eligibility for the scheme was limited. To receive support the following criteria had to be met:
- The applicant is over 55 years of age; or aged 12 or under.
- A member of the household must be in receipt of fuel allowance; (OR the one parent family payment in respect of a child applying);
- The applicant must be living with chronic respiratory disease ie Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Asthma and be referred to the programme by a HSE official;
- The applicant must reside within Dublin 8, 10 , 12 , 22 or 24
- The home must be owner-occupied or rented from a local authority/approved housing association.
Eligible persons were referred by local healthcare professionals only. HSE staff could identify potential candidates and screen them based on the eligibility criteria.
The pilot scheme was limited to carrying out energy efficiency improvements .
The specific improvements for each house will be determined by a survey carried out by the SEAI . There will be no cost to the household .
Read here about other grants towards the cost of insulation