Everything you need to know about applying for a home energy grant.

How to apply for a grant

You can apply for the home energy grant online or by post. Please follow the steps below to complete your application.

No time to apply? Let one of our registered Energy Partners apply on your behalf.​

Step 1: Decide what energy upgrades best suit your home

Once you have looked at the range of grants we offer you may wish to talk to a good building contractor, architect, BER Assessor or energy advisor. They should be able to advise on the energy upgrades best suited to your home.

Grants for Insulation and Heating Controls are available to all owners of homes built and occupied before 2006. Grants for Heat Pump Systems and Solar Water Heating are available to all owners of homes built and occupied before 2011. Homes built from 2006 onwards should have been constructed to the 2003 Building Regulations and should not need significant insulation upgrades. This is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed.

Step 2: Choose a registered Technical Advisor

This step is only required if you are applying for a grant for a Heat Pump System.

Your Technical Advisor must:

  • Be an SEAI Registered Technical Advisor
  • Be registered for the type of work that they are carrying out
  • Put a contract in place with you before commencing an assessment - it is required that Technical Advisors have a written agreement with homeowners for undertaking a technical assessment under the grants scheme

A Technical Advisor who appears on the SEAI 'Technical Advisor list' does not infer any warranty or endorsement of that Technical Advisor by SEAI.

SEAI accepts no liability or responsibility, whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of any claim or cause of action arising out of, or in relation to any advice given or survey works in respect for which grant approval was given by SEAI.

Step 3: Choose a registered contractor

Your contractor must:

  • Be an SEAI Registered contractor
  • Be registered for the type of work that they are carrying out
  • Put a contract for works in place with you before work begins - it is required that contractors have a written contract with homeowners for all energy upgrades undertaken under the grants programme

A contractor who appears on the SEAI 'Registered Contractor list' does not infer any warranty or endorsement of that contractor by SEAI.

SEAI accepts no liability or responsibility, whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of any claim or cause of action arising out of, or in relation to, any equipment, material, work, system or installation in respect for which grant approval was given by SEAI.

Step 4: Apply for the grant

Make sure that you read our Application Guide before applying for your grant.

Online

Fill out the online application on this site. You need the MPRN number from your electricity bill and the name of your contractor from the SEAI register. You will be approved within minutes.

By post

If you wish to apply by post, call us on 01 808 2100 to have a form posted to you or download a copy of the application form. Post your completed application form to:

Better Energy Homes Scheme
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
P.O. Box 119
Cahirciveen
Co. Kerry

Accept your grant offer

If you applied online you should receive your grant offer immediately. If you applied by post you should receive your grant offer within 5 working days. You then have 30 days to accept the offer. After this period you will have to re-apply.

Step 5: Get the works done

You have six months from the date of the grant offer to complete the works on your home and return the paperwork. You can find the expiry date in your offer letter. Within this time you will need to:

  • Have your selected works completed by an SEAI registered contractor
  • Paid the contractor in full or have a financing agreement in place with them
  • Have completed your BER assessment and had your cert published

Step 6: Get paid

You will receive a form in the post called the Declaration of Works – one for each energy upgrade (e.g. one for external wall insulation, one for heating controls with gas boiler upgrade) which is filled in by you, your registered Contractor and your BER assessor when the works and BER are completed. For payment, please submit your completed Declaration of Works form and your Request For Payment form to:

Better Energy Homes Scheme
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
P.O. Box 119
Cahirciveen
Co. Kerry

You will generally find your money in your bank account within four weeks.
Note: Your contractor may be selected for a home inspection.

Please note the following:
  • We cannot give extensions to grant offer periods. Grant applications for works done before or after the grant offer period are not eligible for payment.
  • Late forms are not eligible for payment and will result in grants being cancelled.
  • Incomplete or missing forms will result in your grant claim being rejected and all forms being returned to you. This may result in a delay and/or cancellation of your grant claim.
  • You are required to keep invoices and receipts for all completed works. You may be required to present them if we select your contractor for inspection.
  • Your contractor may be selected for inspection. This is to maintain a good standard of workmanship.
  • Contractors registered with us have agreed to comply with the Code of Practice and Quality Assurance and Disciplinary Procedure and the Additional Information for Contractors.
  • SEAI accepts no liability or responsibility, whether for breach of contract, negligence or otherwise, in respect of any claim or cause of action arising out of, or in relation to, any equipment, material, work, system or installation in respect for which grant approval was given by SEAI. The fact of registration on the registered Contractors List for the Scheme does not infer any warranty or endorsement of that contractor by SEAI.