This free home energy upgrade service is available for qualifying homeowners. Check to see if you can apply.

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About the scheme

We deliver free energy upgrades to homeowners who receive certain welfare payments. If you qualify for the scheme we can help to make your home warmer, healthier, and cheaper to run.


The scheme is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union Regional Development Fund.

Upgrades offered

An SEAI surveyor will recommend upgrades that are suitable for your property. These will be based on factors such as its age, size, existing heating system and condition. Upgrades offered under the scheme include:

  • Attic insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • External wall insulation
  • Internal wall insulation
  • Secondary work such as lagging jackets, draught proofing and energy efficient lighting
  • New heating systems and windows are occasionally recommended

Who can apply

You need to meet these 4 criteria to apply for the Free Energy Upgrade Scheme.


1. You must own and live in your own home

This must be your main residence, where you live most days of the week

2. Your home was built and occupied before 2006

This means the ESB meter was connected and property lived in prior to 2006

3. You receive one of the following welfare payments

  • Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme.
  • Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and have a child under seven years of age
  • Working Family Payment
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Carers Allowance and live with the person you are caring for

4. You have not previously received works under the scheme

SEAI carry out one visit per home. This may be reviewed in future rollouts of the programme.

How the service works

  1. You apply to SEAI and we check to see if you qualify
  2. An SEAI surveyor surveys your home to make upgrade recommendations
  3. A contractor is appointed from SEAI's panel to carry out the upgrade works
  4. After the works are completed our energy assessment team will carry out a BER assessment. There may also be quality inspections.

How to apply

  1. Read the Scheme and Application Guidelines
  2. Complete the Application Form
  3. Have the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) complete the relevant section of the application form
  4. Submit your application by email to or by post to;

Free Energy Upgrades
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
PO BOX 119
Co. Kerry

Waiting times

Applications are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Normal waiting times, from application to completion of works, are between 18 and 24 months. Current waiting times vary due to;

  • COVID-19 public health guidelines
  • demand for the scheme at the time of application

Alternative upgrade options

If you are not eligible for the scheme, take a look at the other home energy upgrade options available.

Home Energy Upgrade options

Contact us

Call: 01808 2004

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