• Susan Andrews

There’s still time to prepare your home for winter with our Home Energy grants. You can now avail of a grant through the SEAI Better Energy Homes programme to help you improve your home heating system through the installation of a new high efficiency boiler, including heating control upgrades.

Christmas decorations are being sold in shops, the evenings are shorter and winter is well on its way. You might be glad to hear that there’s still time to prepare your home for winter. With this in mind, we are offering a range of Home Energy grants to homeowners who are planning to have work done on their homes; making them warmer and more energy efficient. In the first of a two-part blog series, aimed to help you get your home winter ready, we take you through how to avail of a grant to upgrade your home heating system.

Our Better Energy Homes Programme is a Government-funded initiative that provides grants to homeowners to help them improve the comfort levels of their homes and reduce the overall costs of their energy bills, while also helping to protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Home Energy grants cover the following upgrades:

  • Cavity, internal and external wall insulation
  • Attic insulation
  • Home heating upgrades
  • Solar thermal

Replacing your old boiler can reduce energy usage by 20%

Older boilers can be wasteful of energy and costly to run because a significant portion of the heat is lost up the flue/chimney. The efficiency of an older boiler is also lower than that of more modern, high efficiency boilers. Adding modern heating controls can help you to match your space heating and hot water schedules to the working and living patterns in your home, so when you need heat and hot water, it’s there and when you don’t, it’s turned off. By simply replacing your old boiler with a high efficiency boiler and heating controls, you could reduce your energy usage by up to 20%, thus saving you money on your annual heating bills.

Grants available for home heating upgrades

There is now a grant available through the SEAI Better Energy Homes programme to help you improve your home heating system through the installation of a new high efficiency boiler, including heating control upgrades.

Fionnula Fidgeon, a homeowner who recently availed of the SEAI grant to replace her old boiler with a high efficiency boiler and heating controls comments on the benefits of her new heating system;

We have seen about a 30% drop in our oil consumption and we have noticed a huge difference in that we can push a button to separate the hot water from the heating controls, which is fantastic in the summertime.

To date, over 350,000 households around Ireland have availed of SEAI grants for home energy improvements and have significantly benefited from reduced energy bills.

These grants are not means tested so all homeowners can apply, once they meet certain criteria, details of which can be found on the SEAI website:

To apply for your Home Energy grant, visit www.seai.ie/homeenergygrants or call 1850 927000

Energy Efficient Heating SystemsGrant Value
High efficiency boiler (oil or gas) plus heating controls upgrade €700
Heating controls upgrade €600
Solar Heating €1200