Individual Energy Upgrade Grants
(Comprising Better Energy Homes) 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
Homeowners and private landlords often choose to manage their own home energy upgrades. This gives them the flexibility to take a step-by-step approach, carrying out different upgrades over time and to suit their budgets. With this grant route, homeowners select a SEAI registered contractor and apply for a grant through our easy-to-use online application system. The grant is paid directly to the homeowner, once works have been completed and grant paperwork submitted.
If you are considering one or more energy upgrades, this is a good route to take. Check if your home meets the eligibility criteria and then follow the step-by-step process on how to apply for the grant on your preferred home energy upgrade(s).
Please note that grants for windows and doors are not available under the Individual Energy Upgrades option but are available as part of the One Stop Shop service.
There is no grant funding for replacement oil or gas boilers.
Properties Owned by a Company/Organisation
Owner Management Companies (OMC) may avail of SEAI grants. An Owner Management company is defined as a private company which owns a series of residential dwellings. It is common for Owner Management Companies to own apartment blocks or an estate of houses for example.
OMCs are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to creating any grant applications for guidance on how to apply for an Individual Home Energy grant under the Better Energy Homes scheme.
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:
2011for insulation and heating controls
2021for 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.Apply now
- 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.
- Grants for windows and doors are not available under Individual Energy Upgrade grants.
- Grant funding is not available for replacement oil or gas boilers.
- Available to all homeowners and private landlords without means testing.
- 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 on the Better Energy Homes Scheme have agreed to comply with the Better Energy Homes Contractor's Code of Practice, Domestic Technical Standards and Specifications, Quality Assurance and Disciplinary Procedure and the Additional Information for Contractor’s registered with Better Energy Homes.
- 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 are 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.