Increase in cash value of grants available under Better Homes Scheme

NEVILLE WELCOMES INCREASE IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANTS – GOOD NEWS FOR HOUSEHOLDERS

“The cash value of every grant available to householders under the Better Energy Homes Scheme has been increased by between 25% to 50%. In addition, a bonus payment has also been introduced, which will see householders receive bonus payments if they complete three or more energy efficiency improvements.”

“This is great news for householders who are concerned about losing heat because of under insulation on inefficient heating systems.”

“The new grant levels are effective immediately and will apply to everyone who has applied for a grant that has not yet been paid. The previous minimum grant threshold of €400 has been abolished and a bonus payment of €300 for householders who undertake three efficiency measures has been introduced, with an additional bonus payment of €100 available to householders who undertake four measures. The bonus payments are available to new applicants and to householders who have already availed of the scheme who wish to undertake further upgrades. The Better Energy Home Scheme provides grants to home owners to undertake energy efficiency measures such as insulating walls or attics and installing new heating systems. Since the scheme was launched in 2009 more than 165,000 have undertaken energy efficiency upgrades with a total government investment of €172m.”

“Under the revised scheme, a family in a semi-detached house could benefit from a grant payment of up to €4,700 for external wall insulation, a boiler and heating control upgrade and cavity and attic insulation. A couple in an apartment could receive €3,400 towards internal wall insulation, a boiler and heating control upgrade and insulation of solar thermal heating.”

“Householders who are considering home energy upgrades will also be encouraged by these increases, which will result in warmer homes and lower heating bills.”

The following table illustrates the changes in grant levels, effective from today:

Cash grant value From To

External wall insulation
Apartment/mid Terrace House €1,800 €2,250
Semi-Detached/end Terrace €2,700 €3,400
Detached House €3,600 €4,500

Internal wall insulation
Apartment/mid Terrace House €900 €1,200
Semi-Detached/end Terrace €1,350 €1,800
Detached House €1,800 €2,400

Cavity and attic insulation €200 €300

Solar Thermal Heating €800 €1,200

Gas/Oil Boiler installation with heating controls €560 €700

Heating Controls upgrade €400 €600

Undertake three measures and receive an additional bonus grant payment of €300. A further additional grant payment of €100 is available for householders who undertake four or more measures. In addition, the minimum grant threshold of €400 has been abolished.

The Better Energy Homes scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on behalf of the Government. Full details on how to apply for the grants is available at:
http://www.seai.ie/Grants/Better_energy_homes/

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Contact Dan Neville 086 2435536