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In Ireland, energy efficiency grants are not hard to come by. If you’re tired of living in a cold home and the cost of heating is getting out of control, it may be time to think about installing a few upgrades. While these energy efficiency upgrades are an investment, there are a variety of grants available to help reduce the out of pocket costs and shorten the payback period.
Grants are not just limited to insulation upgrades. There are grants available for boilers and heating controls, renewable energy solutions and even the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicle. Let’s take a look at the grants available in Ireland to see what you can save.
Existing home insulation upgrades (Retrofitting)
Better Energy Homes Scheme
Upgrading a building’s envelope is the most efficient way to save on heating costs and ensure a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Simply put, a building’s envelope is the barrier between the inside of your home and the outside environment. There are several types of systems available depending on how your house was constructed. These systems include:
SEAI’s Better Energy Homes Scheme provides cash grants for insulation upgrades which utilise one of the systems mentioned above.
- Attic insulation grant of €300
- Cavity wall insulation grant of €300
- Internal wall dry lining grant of €1,200 for an apartment or mid-terrace house, €1,800 for semi-detached or end of terrace house and €2,400 for a fully detached house
- External wall insulation grant of €2,250 for an apartment of mid-terrace house, €3,400 for semi-detached or end of terrace house and €4,500 for a fully detached house
The Better Energy Homes Scheme is not means tested. To qualify, you must own a home built before 2006. If you live in a rented house or apartment and are experiencing fuel poverty your landlord may apply on your behalf. You can only avail of the Better Energy Homes Scheme once.
Home Renovation Incentive Scheme (HRI)
Homeowners can avail of the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme on qualifying expenses on the repair, renovation or improvement of a main home or rental property. The HRI Scheme provides an Income Tax Credit of 13.5% for works over €4,405 to a maximum of €30,000. Works at the minimum level will provide a tax relief of €595 to a maximum of €4,050 (per property for landlords).
Works completed under the Home Renovation Incentive must take place between 25 October 2013 and 31 December 2015 for homeowners and 15 October 2014 to December 31 2015 for landlords.The tax credits will be applied over two years, starting in 2015 for homeowners and 2016 for landlords. All who avail of the Scheme must be compliant with Local Property Tax and the Household Charge.
The HRI Scheme can be combined with the Better Energy Homes Scheme. Visit SEAI’s website for more information about the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme.
KORE Energy Efficiency Incentive
KORE’s Energy Efficiency Incentive provides a discount on your electricity or gas bill when qualifying measures are installed in your home. For insulation, these measures include attic (roof) insulation, cavity wall insulation, internal wall dry lining, floor insulation and external wall insulation. The discounts available depend on the type of property (apartment or house) and the works carried out:
- Attic and roof insulation discount of €64.00 for an apartment and €104 for a house
- Cavity wall insulation discount of €164 for an apartment and €260 for a house
- Internal wall dry lining discount of €256 for an apartment and €400 for a house
- Floor insulation discount of €56 for an apartment and €88 for a house
- External wall insulation discount of €300 for an apartment and €472 for a house
KORE’s Energy Efficiency Incentive may be combined with SEAI’s Better Energy Homes Scheme if your house was built before 2006. The works must be installed by a contractor approved by KORE and registered with SEAI. Houses built after 2005 can only avail of the Energy Efficiency Incentive.
All discounts will appear on your electricity or gas bill. Pay as you go customers may also avail of the discount.
The KORE Warmer Homes Scheme
The KORE Warmer Homes Scheme provides free cavity wall and attic insulation to homeowners who qualify. This Scheme targets Ireland’s most vulnerable sectors of society. To qualify you must own a home built before 2006 and be in receipt of one of the following social programmes:
- Fuel Allowance as Part of the National Fuel Scheme
- Jobseekers Allowance for more than 6 months and with a child under the age of 7
- Working Family Payment
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Domiciliary Care Allowance
- Carers Allowance (living in the same home as the person being cared for)
The following measures are installed free of charge as long as the requirements of the programme are met. The house must be surveyed for suitability.
- Attic Insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Roof and wall ventilation
- Pipe Insulation
- Cold and hot water tank jackets
- Draught proofing
- Low energy light bulbs (supplied)
- BER (Building Energy Rating) assessment post-works
You can download an application form on the KORE website or by visiting www.warmerhomes.ie. Works are installed by a local KORE-approved and SEAI registered installer and are subject to quality audits. Homeowners must be able to comply with all programme requirements. The Scheme is only available for privately-owned homes.
External EPS Wall Insulation in the Process of Being Installed
Heating system upgrades
Once your home’s envelope has been upgraded you should look into upgrading or servicing your heating system. Many of the programmes mentioned above offer additional discounts for heating upgrades. Let’s take a look at what’s available.
Better Energy Homes Scheme
The Better Energy Homes Scheme works the same way for boiler and heating control upgrades. The Scheme offers a cash grant for any works installed by an SEAI registered contractor in homes built before 2006. These upgrades and cash grants include:
- Oil or gas boiler and heating controls upgrade offers a grant of €700
- Heating controls upgrade offers a grant of €600
- A complete solar heating system offers a grant of €1,200
Combined with the insulation grants you can save an additional €300 when you install three measures, or €400 when you install four. The insulation and heating grants can be combined. A €50 grant is available for a Building Energy Rating, which must be carried out once the works are complete.
For example, a home that has new attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and a new boiler with heating controls installed would save €1,650 off the total cost of the works. You can combine this grant with KORE’s Energy Efficiency Incentive to save even more.
KORE Energy Efficiency Incentive
KORE’s Energy Efficiency Incentive also offers a discount on your gas or electricity bill when you upgrade your heating system. This incentive can be combined with the Better Energy Homes Scheme for houses built before 2006. Heating upgrades include:
- High Efficiency Gas Boiler with Fully Integrated Heating Controls Upgrade – €392 for an apartment or €616 for a house
- High Efficiency Oil Fired Boiler with Fully Integrated Heating Controls Upgrade – €410 for an apartment or €645 for a house
Other popular measures include:
- High Efficiency Gas Boiler with Fully Integrated Heating Controls Upgrade with Remote Access
- High Efficiency Oil Fired Boiler with Fully Integrated Heating Controls Upgrade with Remote Access
- Fully Integrated Heating Controls Upgrade
- Fully Integrated Heating Controls Upgrade with Remote Access
- High Efficiency Gas Boiler with Entry Level Heating Controls Upgrade
- High Efficiency Oil Fired Boiler with Entry Level Heating Controls Upgrade
Discounts are available for renewable energy upgrades, as well:
- Biomass Boilers
- Solar Water Heating Installation
- Water to Water Heat Pumps
- Air to Water Heat Pumps
- Brine to Water Heat Pumps
The list of available heating measures under KORE’s Energy Efficiency Incentive is extensive. Please contact us today for more information.
Other grants available
The Living City Initiative
The Living City Initiative is a tax incentive available to residential and commercial building owners in six cities in Ireland. The list of cities includes Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny and Waterford. To qualify for the programme, the building must be located within the ‘Special Regeneration Area’ of each city and have been built before 1915. For homeowners, this home must be be made his or her primary residence.
The income tax relief is provided once the home is refurbished or converted for use as a dwelling. The credit is then spread out over a 10 year period.
The Initiative is also available for commercial uses, limited to €200,000 for each individual project. Income tax relief is provided over a seven year period.
Learn more about the Living City Initiative here.
Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme
The Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme is offered by SEAI towards the purchase of a fully electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The Scheme offers a grant of up to €5,000 towards the purchase of a battery electric vehicle and €2,500 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The Scheme is currently available up until the end of 2015 directly through a car dealer.
In addition to the grant, battery electric vehicles are eligible for €5,000 Vehicle Registration Tax Relief or €2,500 VRT Relief for plug-in hybrid models. ESB will provide free connection points in each owner’s home for the first 2000 to purchase an electric vehicle.
More information on the Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme can be found on SEAI’s website.
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