The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency and warmth of homes owned by people on low incomes. It is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and replaces the earlier Warmer Homes Scheme.
The work funded under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme includes:
The services are provided by a panel of non-profit community-based organisations and a panel of private contractors. Both panels are appointed by SEAI. A surveyor calls 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 completed to ensure that standards are maintained.
The Environmental Protection Agency encourages anyone availing of this scheme to have their home tested for radon.
If you are a homeowner (or purchasing your home):
Your home must have been built before 2006 and you must be getting one of the following payments:
There is no charge for work done under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme.
To apply directly for the scheme you can download the application form (pdf), contact SEAI by phone on 1800 250 204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use these contact details to order a copy of the booklet 'Keeping well and warm'.
Eligible homes may also be identified locally by networks or groups made up from both the statutory and voluntary sectors.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.