Grants of up to €6000 towards insulation and eco-friendly heating 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 €1200 for solar thermal systems and up to €3500 for heat pump systems.
There are no grants towards the cost of new gas or oil boilers.
Under the Better Energy grant scheme, householders who own a house that was built before 2006 can get a grant of €700 Euro 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.
Larger grants are also available to help with home 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).
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 2019))
|Wall Insulation – Cavity||€400|
|Wall Insulation – External||€6000|
|Wall Insulation – Internal Dry Lining||€2400|
|Heating||Heat Pump Systems||€3500|
|Heating Controls Upgrade
|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
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