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What is the Better Homes grant and how do you get one?

It’s all about the money, money, money.

FREE MONEY. WHO doesn’t want some of that?

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) wants to give you money. Lots of money – up to a maximum of €4500, which is nothing to be sneezed at.

What’s the catch? You have to upgrade your house to become more energy efficient.

Better Energy Homes is a Government scheme which gives fixed cash grants for insulation and heating system upgrades, helping to make your home more comfortable and cheaper to run.

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So what upgrades are eligible for a grant?

You can get a grant if you’re upgrading or adding-

  • Solar heating
  • Attic insulation
  • Wall insulation – cavity wall, internal dry lining or external insulation
  • Heating controls upgrade
  • and to get a cuilding energy rating (BER) assessment on your home

Let’s talk money - 

There are various amounts available depending on what part of your house you’re making more energy efficient.

Here’s a chart from the SEAI outlining the increased (from March 2015) grant amounts available -

Source: SEAI

How do I get the money?

There are seven steps

  1. Decide what you’re getting done and what grant you’re applying for
  2. Pick an SEAI registered contractor
  3. Apply for the SEAI grant and get approved
  4. Get the work done by the contractor
  5. Get your house assessed by a BER (building energy ratings) assessor
  6. Submit your completed forms to the SEAI
  7. Get those dolla dollas direct to your bank account (about 4-6 weeks after you apply)

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Some things to remember…

  • You must be the owner and your house must have been built and occupied before 2006.
  • Landlords of multiple properties can apply, but they must submit separate applications
  • The grants are a set value of up to 30% of the average cost of works. If you spend below this amount, only the actual expenditure will be reimbursed.
  • You must have a BER (building energy rating) undertaken on your home after the works have been completed. You’re eligible for a grant of €50 towards the cost of that too.
  • You must use an SEAI registered contracter to install all your grant aided measures.
  • The grant offer is only valid for six months. You must get all your works done in that time.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The Better Energy Homes scheme was re-launched in March 2015. There were a number of key changes.

  1.  The removal of the minimum grant requirement of €400
  2. You can get bonuses – €300 for your 3rd and €100 for your 4th Energy Efficiency Measures
  3. The grant amounts have been revised – see chart below

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Changes to grant values -

Here’s an updated chart of the grant values now available. If your application was open and not paid before 10th March or you apply after 10th March with a new application you are eligible for the increased grant amounts.

 

Energy efficient measures

Grant Value Before 10th March 2015

 Grant Value From 10th March 2015

Insulation

Attic Insulation

€200

€300

Wall Insulation – Cavity

€250

€300

Wall Insulation – Internal Dry Lining

Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House

€900

€1,200

Semi-detached OR End of Terrace

€1,350

€1,800

Detached House

€1,800

€2,400

Wall Insulation – External

Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House

€1,800

€2,250

Semi-detached OR End of Terrace

€2,700

€3,400

Detached House

€3,600

€4,500

Heating System

Heating Controls with Boiler (Oil or Gas) Upgrade

€560

€700

Heating Controls Upgrade only

€400

€600

Solar Heating

€800

€1,200

Bonus

For 3rd measure

N/A

€300

For 4th measure

N/A

€100

Building Energy Rating (BER)*

€50*

€50*

Source: SEAI

 

How can I apply?

You can apply by post or do an online application here.

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