Grants for Heat Pumps and Insulation

Grants of up to €6000 towards heat pumps, solar power and insulation are available to homeowners.

These grants are not income-related – anyone can apply regardless of income. These grants are available from The Better Energy Homes Scheme. The scheme was revised in 2018  – and the grant that was previously given for a replacement oil or gas boiler is no longer offered.

Up until 2018, some homeowners who upgraded their old central heating boiler could claim a grant towards the cost of a new boiler – but now the grants are aimed at solar heating and heat pumps instead of boilers.

  • You can get grants of
  • up to €3500 for heat pump systems.
  • up to €1200 for solar thermal systems and
  • €700 towards upgrading central heating controls.
  • There are no grants towards the cost of new gas or oil boilers.

Upgrade of Heating Controls

Under the Better Energy grant scheme,  householders who own a house that was built before 2006 can get a grant of €700 towards the cost of upgrading central heating controls. (Regardless of the type of boiler).
The heating controls upgrade must include –

  • Two zones (space and water) with 7-day programmer (time/temperature)
  • Time/temperature control of electric immersion (where applicable).
  • 1 additional heating zone – OR installation of sufficient Thermostatic radiator valves.

Grants For Heat Pumps

Eventually – all new homes won’t be allowed to have gas or oil boilers – so they will need to use heat pumps instead.
Heat pumps are electrical devices which convert energy from the ground or the air into useful heat. In well-insulated houses, they are very economical to run. They are an extremely efficient alternative to oil, gas, solid fuel and electric home heating systems.

Different types of heat pump systems draw heat from different sources: air, water or the ground. The heat generated is released via radiators, underfloor heating or warm air. All heat pump systems, excluding those that just provide warm air to the home, can supply all of the hot water needed for baths, showers and sinks.
A typical price to install a new heat pump system is between €10,000 – €12,000 . This figure doesn’t include additional costs such as fitting new internal pipework if your existing pipework needs to be replaced.

Grant Amounts for Heat Pumps

Air to Water Heat Pump€3,500
Ground Source to Water€3,500
Exhaust Air to Water€3,500
Water to Water€3,500
Air to Air Heat Pump€600

A technical assessment of your home needs to be carried out to see if it is suitable for a Heat Pump . There is a grant of €200 grant towards the technical assessment. Find out more at SEAI

Uninsulated or poorly insulated homes built more than 30 years ago may require substantial and costly upgrades to qualify for a heat pump system grant.

Hot water requires a higher temperature than space heating, so most heat pump systems require some backup heating to reach adequate temperatures. Air to air HP systems do not provide hot water.

Insulation Grants

Bigger grants are also available to help Keep Your House Warm . Insulation – for example – as much as €6000 towards external insulation on a detached house.
Grants towards these eco-friendly features are available from The Better Energy scheme . Run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Time Limits on Grants

The insulation and heating control grants are only available on homes built and occupied before 2006.
The solar panel and heat pump grants are only available on homes built and occupied before 2011.(The occupation date is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed.)

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Full details below of the maximum amounts of grants available under the Better Energy Homes Scheme.

Internal and external wall insulation grants shown are for detached homes. The figures are lower for semi-detached or terraced homes.  (Figures checked  2021)

Attic Insulation€400
Cavity Wall Insulation €400
Wall Insulation – External€6000
Wall Insulation – Internal €2400
Heat Pump Systems€3500
Heating Controls Upgrade€700
Solar Water Heating€1200
Building Energy Rating (BER)€50

If you complete three upgrades your grant value will be increased by €300. If you complete four upgrades your grant value will be increased by  €400.

All grants are paid after the work has been done.
The work must be carried out by a contractor from the SEAI’s registered list.

Online application for the grants can be found here

Contact Better Energy on  1850 927000

There are also grants available to help with the installation of Solar Photovoltaic panels to generate electricity for homeowners. Information about the grants for Solar Panel Electricity

Get Free Insulation: If you are getting the fuel allowance, One Parent Benefit, FIS or Jobseekers – you might qualify for free insulation from another scheme. More details here about the  Warmer Homes Scheme

Warmth and Wellbeing: –  A limited number of households in Dublin can now qualify for FREE insulation and other energy efficiency measures under another government scheme aimed at people with respiratory problems.It is called the “Warmth and Wellbeing” scheme. More details of who will qualify here

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