INSULATION GRANTS FAQ
With all the insulation and energy efficiency grants available across Ireland it can be a bit confusing to navigate. To help, we've compiled a list of our most frequently asked insulation grant questions. Simply click a question to see the answer. To return to the list of questions, click 'Back to List' at the bottom of each answer.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN AVAIL OF THE INSULATION GRANTS AVAILABLE?
Most insulation grant programmes require you to own a home built before 2006.
Better Energy Hoems Scheme - Anyone in Ireland who owns a house built before 2006. You may only take advantage of each grant measure one time. For example, if you've already received a grant under the Better Energy Homes Scheme for cavity wall insulation, you cannot apply for a cavity wall insulation grant again in the future.
KORE Warmer Homes Scheme - You must own and live in a house built before 2006. You must also be in receipt of one of the following: Fuel Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance for more than 6 months with a child under 7 years of age, Family Income Supplement or One-Parent Family Payment. The person applying must own the house, live in the house and be the person, or the person's spouse, in receipt of the benefit. We are unable to make any exceptions to these requirements.
Electric Ireland Incentive - You must own a house built before 2006 and be an Electric Ireland customer. Customers of other providers may switch to Electric Ireland to take advantage of the programme. New customers may also take advantage of any other promotions that are currently on offer by switching.
Home Renovation Incentive Scheme - Please consult the Revenue website for full details and requirements.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN INSULATION GRANT?
Each insulation scheme has different application requirements. You can view the application process for each scheme below:
WHO CAN INSTALL THE INSULATION?
Better Energy Homes Scheme - You may choose any SEAI approved contractor. The contractor will help with the application process.
KORE Warmer Homes Scheme - Your approved application will be assigned to a KORE Approved contractor in your area. All installers are NSAI and SEAI approved. The works and labour are fully guaranteed. The works are paid in full by SEAI as long as you meet the requirements and your application is approved.
Electric Ireland Incentive - The works must be installed by a KORE Approved Electric Ireland contractor. Submit your details for a free consultation. We'll put you in touch with your local contractor for a free, no obligation quotation. There may be more than one contractor to choose from depending on your location.
WHEN CAN I HAVE THE INSULATION INSTALLED?
Better Energy Homes Scheme - The insulation and measures you choose can be installed when the grant application has been approved. You will work with the contractor to arrange for a suitable date and time. You have six months from the time of approval. The expiry date is displayed on your grant approval paperwork. You will have to apply again if the works are not completed before this date.
KORE Warmer Homes Scheme - The Warmer Homes Scheme runs all year. The insulation will be installed after the application has been approved and an on-site survey determines your house is suitable. The assigned contractor will arrange a date and time with you directly.
Electric Ireland Incentive - KORE's Energy Efficiency Incentive with Electric Ireland runs all year. You can book any date and time that is suitable for you and the contractor you choose.
CAN I APPLY UNDER MORE THAN ONE SCHEME?
Yes. You can participate in each Scheme as long as you meet the individual requirements. The Better Energy Homes Scheme and Electric Ireland Incentive can even be combined to further reduce your out of pocket expense. You must still apply and receive approval for each Scheme individually. Your insulation contractor can help with the applications.
WHAT IS A BUILDING ENERGY RATING?
A Building Energy Rating is an energy label that gives an indication of the energy required to run an individual building. A BER assessor will evaluate the insulation levels, heating system and other building elements to determine the overall performance. The overall energy performance of the building is displayed on a scale from A1 to G, located on the BER certificate. The BER certificate also shows the related carbon dioxide emissions per year, with the lower the number the better. Learn more about Building Energy Ratings.
WILL I BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A BUILDING ENERGY RATING CERTIFICATE?
Most insulation grant schemes require the homeowner to obtain a Building Energy Rating (BER cert) after the measures have been installed. The Better Energy Homes Scheme requires a BER cert, and offers a grant of €50 to help cover the cost. The Warmer Homes Scheme also requires a BER certificate, and the full cost is covered by SEAI.
WHAT ARE THE INSULATION GRANT AMOUNTS?
The amount you'll receive depends on the insulation grant you apply for and the measures you have installed:
Better Energy Homes Scheme - Grant amounts range from €300 to €4500 depending on the type of insulation or heating system you have installed. Bonus amounts are paid out if you choose to have at least three measures installed. View a full list of the insulation grant amounts.
KORE Warmer Homes Scheme - The full cost of the works are paid in full by SEAI so you will not receive any invoice. The contractor will bill SEAI directly for the cost of the material and labour. If you and your contractor agree to any work that is not covered by the Scheme you will be billed directly according to the terms and conditions of the scheme.
Electric Ireland Incentive - Discounts are applied directly to your monthly electricity or gas bill. The total amount you'll receive depends on the measures installed. View a full list of qualifying measures and discounts. You may be able to combine this Scheme with the Better Energy Homes Scheme.
ARE ALL THE INSULATION GRANTS MEANS TESTED?
No. The Better Energy Homes Scheme, Electric Ireland Incentive and Home Renovation Incentive are not means tested.
To qualify for the Warmer Homes Scheme you must be in receipt of Fuel Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance for more than 6 months with a child under 7 years of age, Family Income Supplement or One-Parent Family Payment. The house must be owner-occupied and built before 2006.
WHAT IF MY HOME WAS BUILT AFTER 2006?
Homes built after 2006 should have been constructed to the new Building Regulations. This means the home should already have high levels of insulation and an energy efficient heating system. While the insulation grants will not cover homes built after 2006, you may still take advantage of the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme or pay out of pocket for the cost of new insulation. If your home requires new insulation it may not be as expensive as you think! We recommend obtaining multiple quotations to ensure you're getting the best deal. You can find a list of KORE Approved Insulation Contractors in your area.
CAN I APPLY FOR THE SAME SCHEME MORE THAN ONCE?
Whether or not you can apply more than once depends on the insulation grant scheme:
Better Energy Homes Scheme - You can apply for each measure only once. For example, if you have cavity wall insulation and attic insulation installed the first time you apply, you can apply again for a high efficiency boiler and heating controls grant on a second application. You can only have each qualifying measure installed once.
KORE Warmer Homes Scheme - You can only apply and install the measures once. You can also only apply through one company. For example, if you apply directly through SEAI you can no longer apply through KORE.
Electric Ireland Incentive - You can apply more than once, however, you can only take advantage of each measure one time. For example, if you apply for a discount on cavity wall insulation, you cannot apply a second time for the same discount.
WHAT IF I'M NOT IN RECEIPT OF THE REQUIRED BENEFIT FOR THE WARMER HOMES SCHEME?
You must be in receipt of one of the following to qualify for the Warmer Homes Scheme:
- Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme
- Jobseekers Allowance for more than 6 months with a child under 7 years of age
- Family Income Supplement
- One-Parent Family Payment
If you do not receive one of the above benefits you will not qualify. Unfortunately we are unable to make any exceptions. We recommend you check with your local Department of Social Protection if you think you may be entitled to one of the programmes mentioned above. We will post any changes to requirements on our website and on www.warmerhomes.ie.
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