This guide takes you through the process of managing your own home energy upgrade from planning to grant applications.

Why manage your energy upgrades

Some homeowners and landlords choose to manage their own home energy upgrades. This option is suitable for homeowners and landlords who want:

  • individual energy upgrades
  • to manage their own project
  • to apply for the grant themselves
  • to pay for full cost of works and claim grants afterwards

Grants available

If you choose to manage the upgrade yourself, the following grants are available to eligible homes. You must have grant approval in place before you start works.

Check your eligibility

Before you start, check that your home or property is eligible for a grant. The home must be built and occupied before:

  • 2006

    for insulation and heating controls
  • 2011

    for renewable system

How to apply and manage your upgrade

If you decide to manage your own home energy upgrades you will be responsible for the entire process. This step-by-step guide shows you how to plan the project, including grant applications.

To decide on the energy efficiency upgrades best suited to your home it's a good idea to:

  • carry out a BER assessment and use the Advisory Report which is attached to the BER report. This gives a tailored home energy upgrade plan for your home to achieve a minimum B2 energy rating.
  • talk to a building contractor, architect, BER Assessor or energy advisor for advice.

The following grants are available to homeowners and landlords who decide to manage their own home energy upgrades. You must have grant approval in place before you start works.


To apply online you will need the MPRN number from your electricity bill and the name of your contractor from the SEAI register. Your application should be approved within minutes.

By post

Send your completed form to:
Better Energy Homes Scheme
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
P.O. Box 119
Co. Kerry

Download the application form

Application guidelines

Through an Energy Partner

You can apply through a registered Energy Partner. They will manage the grant application process and all paperwork on your behalf.

Apply online    Find out more about Energy Partners

If you are applying for the grant yourself, and not using an Energy Partner, the next step is to select your contractor. They 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

Heat pumps

You must have grant approval in place before you start works.

Multiple grant applications

If you are planning multiple energy upgrades there are other options available including Energy Partners and One Stop Shops. Compare the options available.

Grant acceptance

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. You must have grant approval in place before you start works.

You have eight 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 grant offer. Within this time you will need to:

You will receive a Declaration of Works form for each energy upgrade, by email or post. You need to complete and submit these forms and the Request for Payment form when the works and BER are completed. Your registered contractor and your BER assessor will also need to complete them.

You can submit the completed Declaration of Works form and Request For Payment form by email or post.

Submit by email

Send electronic copies of your completed forms by email to:

Submit by post

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


Payment timeframes

  • It will take approximately four weeks for the payment to be lodged to your bank account.
  • Allow up to six weeks for payment of Solar PV grants with additional time if an inspection is required.

Important notes

  • 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 Better Energy Homes Contractor's Code of Practice, Domestic Technical Standards and Specifications 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.

Plan your home energy upgrade

Your home energy upgrade journey should be done in 3 steps. Following this process gives you the best results for your investment at every stage.

3 steps to a warmer home

Contact us

Call: 01808 2004