• Susan Andrews

On average, a home loses 20-30% of its heat through its roof and external walls, if they are not properly insulated. This loss of heat is costing you money in the form of higher heating bills. It also means that as soon as winter arrives, your home is going to be a lot harder to heat!

An Irish Winter is a funny thing; mild days can turn bitterly cold in the blink of an eye. We all know what it’s like to turn the key in our front door, eager to get out of the cold, only to be met with an icy chill indoors. Autumn is the perfect time to prepare your home for winter and with that in mind, we are offering a range of Home Energy grants to homeowners who are looking to have work done on their homes to make them warmer and more energy efficient.

In this two-part blog series, we are looking at two of the simplest ways to improve your home’s warmth this winter (attic insulation and heating system upgrades) and we explain the grants that are available to homeowners.

In Part 1 of our “Get your Home Winter Ready” blog series, we looked at how upgrading your boiler can keep your energy costs down and make your home a whole lot cosier. Today we will be talking about insulation; it mightn’t be glamorous but it’s an essential step in any home energy upgrade!

At SEAI, we are offering a range of Home Energy grants to homeowners who are planning on insulating their home.  

Why attic insulation is the most important step in insulating your home

On average, a home loses 20-30% of its heat through its roof and external walls, if they are not properly insulated. This loss of heat is costing you money in the form of higher heating bills. It also means that as soon as winter arrives – your home is going to be a lot harder to heat!

Attic insulation is generally the most cost effective of any energy efficiency upgrade made to a house and generally doesn’t come with a large price tag. Considering the potential cost-savings you can achieve on your monthly heating bills, we would advise that the first step you take is to ensure your attic is well insulated. You may still be losing heat if there isn’t enough insulation or if the insulation wasn’t correctly installed. Contact an SEAI registered contractor for a quote and ensure you avail of the SEAI grant for attic insulation.

Wall insulation

There are also a number of wall insulation options available to you, depending on the wall type of your home. A registered building contractor or architect will be able to advise you on the best option to suit your needs.

Anthony Crudden, a homeowner whose 1930’s house had solid walls and no insulation, recently availed of the SEAI grant to externally insulate his home, just in time for the cold winter months;

We have a semi-detached house and every time we came into the hall it was very very cold. We were advised that the only way forward was to externally insulation the house. Now when you open the front door you can feel the heat straight away, it is no longer escaping.”

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 and a cosier home.

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:

Insulation OptionsGrant Value
Attic insulation €300
Cavity wall insulation €300
Internal wall insulation/Dry lining  
Apartment or mid-terrace house €1200
Semi-detached or end-of-terrace house €1800
Detached house €2400
External wall insulation  
Apartment of mid-terrace house €2500
Semi-detached or end-of-terrace house €3400
Detached house €4500