1.7 million homes in Ireland could be eligible for new and increased home energy grants
- 1.7 million homes in Ireland could be eligible for new and increased home energy grants
- Up to €6,000 grant support now available for external wall insulation
- Over 370,000 homes in Ireland have availed of home energy grants to date
€1,850 – this is what the average homeowner spends heating their homes each year. By properly insulating the walls of your home, you can save up to €600 per year on your heating bills. This is the message from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), who has introduced increased and additional grants for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient, cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.
Grants range from €300 for attic insulation, to €700 for upgrades to heating controls, all the way to €6,000 for external wall insulation. The grants typically cover one third of the total cost of the works for an average home. From April this year, a new grant of €3,500 for heat pumps will also be available. Heat-pumps are electrical devices which convert energy from the air outside of your home into useful heat, in the same way a fridge extracts heat from its inside. In well insulated houses they are very economical to run. They are an extremely efficient alternative to traditional oil, gas, solid fuel and electric home heating systems.
As a country, we have a critically important task ahead to ensure our homes are energy efficient. This is why I secured increased government funding this year in Budget negotiations so these new and increased grants can be available to thousands more householders across the country and to encourage more investment in home energy improvements. All of us have a responsibility to act on climate change and improving our home’s energy performance is a significant step in decreasing our collective carbon footprint.
Commenting on the extra grant supports available, SEAI Chief Executive Jim Gannon said:
“Already, over 370,000 homes in Ireland have availed of home energy grants. The best way to reduce your energy costs in the long-term is to simply use less. There are a range of grants available for attic and wall insulation, heating upgrades and solar thermal. At the very least, we are asking people to find out more about the extra supports now available and to see what might be suitable for their home. Now more than ever, we need to see people take action where they can, and the additional support we are putting in place should help make this happen.”
Homeowners can apply for grants online and get immediate approval. Once approved, homeowners have six months to get the works completed and claim the grant.