Home energy upgrade grants (Better Energy Homes scheme)

Introduction

There are grants available to improve the energy efficiency of your home. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administer these grants, which fall under two general schemes:

  • A scheme for homeowners and landlords, also known as the Better Energy Homes scheme
  • A scheme for people on low incomes that provides free home energy upgrades. This scheme is also known as the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme.

This page describes the first scheme, the Better Energy Homes Scheme. For information about the second scheme, see our page Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme.

How do I find out if my home would benefit from energy-saving work

You can get a Buidling Energy Rating (BER) done in advance of any work. A BER assessor will energy rate your home and provide you with a report, which identifies areas that could be improved to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

What grants are available to make my home more energy efficient?

Under the Better Energy Homes Scheme, you can get a grant for:

  • Attic insulation
  • Wall insulation - including cavity wall, internal dry lining and external insulation
  • Heating controls upgrade
  • Solar thermal solutions
  • Solar PV panels and battery systems
  • Heat pump systems
  • A Building Energy Rating (BER) after the energy-saving work is carried out

If you want to bring your home up to a BER rating of B2 or above, you can use a company registered with the SEAI to manage the process and grant application for you. If you do this there are additional grants available for:

  • A home energy assessment
  • Project management
  • Floor insulation
  • Ventilation

For more information on this, see the section on ‘Using a company to get your home to a B2 BER rating’ below.

How much are the individual energy grants?

The table below shows the maximum grant you can get for each measure and the bonuses available for extra measures. You get a bonus of €300 if you complete 3 measures, and an additional €100 if you complete 4 measures. The full grant history of your home is taken into account when calculating whether a bonus is due. Getting a BER does not count as a measure when calculating a bonus.

Measure Maximum grant value
Attic insulation €400
Cavity wall insulation €400
Wall insulation - internal dry lining
- Apartment (any) or mid-terrace house
- Semi-detached or end of terrace house
- Detached house

€1,600
€2,200
€2,400
Wall insulation - external
- Apartment (any) or mid-terrace house
- Semi-detached or end of terrace house
- Detached house

€2,750
€4,500
€6,000
Heat pump systems
- Air to water
- Ground source to water
- Exhaust air to water
- Water to water
- Air to air

€3,500
€3,500
€3,500
€3,500
€600
Heating controls upgrade €700
Solar water heating €1,200

Solar electricity
- Solar PV panels
- Battery energy storage system

€2,400

€600

Bonus payment after 3rd measure €300
Bonus payment after 4th measure €100
A BER assessment after works are done (maximum of one grant per home) €50

Applications received from specific offshore islands are eligible for 50% additional grant support.

If the cost of the work (including VAT) is less than the maximum grant amount, you will get a grant for the actual cost of the work.

Do I qualify for the grants?

To qualify for a grant you must:

  • Be the owner of a property built before 2006 for insulation and heating control systems
  • Be the owner of a property built before 2011 for heat pump, solar thermal and solar PV grants
  • Use a contractor from the SEAI’s registered list
  • Use newly fitted materials and products
  • Have work done that meets the required standards
  • Get a BER after the works are done using a BER assessor from SEAI’s National Register

If you want to use a One-Stop Shop to access these grants (see below), your home must have a BER of C2 or lower before the work, and reach at least a B2 rating afterwards.

You may not get a grant if:

  • The measures do not meet the required standards
  • The relevant measure (the work you are planning to do on your home) was already incentivised under another grant programme

How do I access the grants?

There are 3 ways to access the grants:

  • Apply for the grants and manage the contractors and process yourself
  • Use an SEAI registered company (Home Energy partner) to apply for the grants and manage the contractors
  • Use an SEAI registered company (One Stop Shop) to assess your home and bring it up to a BER rating of B2 or above. The company will manage the grant applications and the whole project for you. Your home must have a BER of C2 or lower before the work, and reach at least a B2 after the work is completed.

Managing the project yourself

If you decide to manage the upgrades to your home yourself, you will need to:

Applying for the grant

If you are managing the works yourself, you apply for the grants yourself. You can do this online or by post. If you are applying by post you can download the application form, or you can contact the SEAI to get an application form sent to you. Then complete the form and return it to the SEAI.

You will need the MPRN number from your electricity bill and the name of your SEAI-registered contractor when applying. Online applications get an immediate response. Postal applications should get a response within 5 working days. The SEAI publishes a detailed guide to help with your application (pdf).

There is a separate application process for the Solar PV energy upgrade, as this is a newer grant. See the SEAI website for specific information about how to apply for this grant.

The grants are paid after the work is completed and you have paid your contractor.

Choosing a contractor

Before choosing a contractor from the SEAI's registered list, the SEAI recommends that you:

  • Ask friends, family, and neighbours who have done building work recently, for advice and recommendations on contractors
  • Get a number of quotes and compare them
  • Request and check the contractor’s references
  • Formalise the relationship with your chosen contractor by drawing up a contract detailing the required works, prices, timescales, payment terms and warranties. The SEAI have a sample contract on their website.

Getting the work done safely

You must have grant approval before you buy materials or start any grant-funded work. If you have already started work, you will not be eligible for a grant. Once approved, you have 8 months to get the works done and claim the grant.

Under regulations governing safety, health and welfare at work, you must ensure that construction work on your home is carried out by competent people. Read more, including a guide for homeowners (pdf) and some Frequently Asked Questions, on the website of the Health and Safety Authority.

See the SEAI's Application Guide (pdf) for technical specificiations, as well as information on insurance, contracts, inspections, grant limits and how to apply. Your contractor must carry out the works in accordance with standards set out in the Contractor Code of Practice and Technical Specification (pdf).

Using a company to manage the grant application and work

You can use a company to apply for the grants and organise the contractors for you. These companies are called Energy Partners. They are registered with the SEAI and are authorised to do the work on your home and submit grant applications for you.

The grant is paid directly to the Energy Partner and they take this off the cost of the work. Some of these companies also provide finance options so you have different ways to pay for the outstanding cost of the works.

Find out more about Energy Partners on the SEAI website.

Using a company to get your home to a B2 BER rating

You can use a private company to manage the whole project for you, and bring your home up to a BER rating of B2 or above. These companies are called One Stop Shops. They are registered with the SEAI and will apply for the grants and manage the whole project for you.

To access this option your home must have a BER of C2 or lower before the work, and reach at least a B2 rating afterwards.

The company will:

  • Complete an initial energy assessment of your home and advise you on the upgrades you need to bring it up to a B2 BER rating or higher
  • Apply and accept the SEAI grants for your home
  • Assign a contractor to do the work on your home
  • Manage the works at your home ensuring that everything is up to standard
  • Complete the final BER assessment when the work is done
If you use a One Stop Shop to upgrade your home, there are additional grants available for floor insulation, ventilation, a home energy assessment and project management of the work.

These companies deduct the grants from the cost of the works in advance, so you only pay what is outstanding. Some of these operators also provide finance options, so you have different ways to pay for the outstanding cost of the works.

There is more information about One-Stop Shops on the SEAI website, as well as a list of registered operators who provide this service.

Where to apply

Better Energy Homes Scheme

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

P.O. Box 119
Caherciveen
Kerry
Ireland

Tel: 01 808 2100

Page edited: 22 October 2021