For a fast turnaround, manage your own home energy upgrade from planning to grant applications. Follow our easy step by step approach to applying for a grant.

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.

  • apply for individual energy upgrades like attic or wall insulation
  • manage your own project
  • choose your own contractor (from our registered list)
  • apply for the grant online
  • claim the grant after works are completed

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:

  • 2011

    for insulation and heating controls
  • 2021

    for heat pumps and renewable systems

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.

Payment timeframes

  • Allow between 4 and 6 weeks for all grant payments

Please note that some installations may be subject to a home inspection by SEAI which will impact payment timelines

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 application for inspection.
  • Your application 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.
  • Grants for Island Homeowners. Specific island homeowners may be entitled to additional grant support. A list of eligible islands can be found here.
  • Traditional Buildings:  For homes constructed before 1940, you may wish to consult a conservation architect for advice. These dwellings may require special consideration and modern insulation methods may not be appropriate. Alternative insulation methods should be discussed carefully with your contractor as they may not qualify for grant support. The Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings document provides useful guidance on the insulation of older homes.

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 about Plan your home energy upgrade

Contact us

Call: 01808 2004

Your Guide to Applying for and Claiming Cash Grants