Major Increase in Grants to Householders for Energy Efficiency
Dublin, 10 March 2015
Minister for Energy, Alex White T.D., today announced a boost in the level of grants available to householders who want to undertake energy efficiency improvements. The cash value of every grant available to householders under the Better Energy Homes Scheme has been increased by between 25-50%. In addition, a bonus payment has been introduced which will see householders receive bonus payments if they complete three or more energy efficiency improvements.
The new grant levels are effective immediately and will apply to everyone who has applied for a grant that has not yet been paid. The previous minimum grant threshold of €400 has been abolished and a bonus payment of €300 for householders who undertake three efficiency measures has been introduced, with an additional bonus payment of €100 available to householders who undertake four measures. The bonus payments are available to new applicants and to householders who have already availed of the scheme who wish to undertake further upgrades.
The Better Energy Homes Scheme provides grants to homeowners to undertake energy efficiency measures such as insulating walls or attics and installing new heating systems. Since the scheme was launched in 2009 more than 165,000 homes have undertaken energy efficiency upgrades with a total Government investment of €172m.
Under the revised scheme, a family in a semi-detached house could benefit from a grant payment of up to €4700 for external wall insulation, a boiler and heating control upgrade, and cavity and attic insulation. A couple in an apartment could receive €3400 towards internal wall insulation, a boiler and heating control upgrade and the installation of solar thermal heating.
Commenting on the launch of the revamped scheme Minister White said “These efficiency improvements allow people to live in warmer, more comfortable homes while lowering their energy bills. For the country as a whole, they replace our dependence on imported fossil fuels with domestic jobs in the construction sector and help to meet our ambitious climate goals.”
“By increasing the grant levels, I hope that more householders will be encouraged to undertake efficiency improvements and by introducing bonus payments, I hope that previous grant recipients will be encouraged to come back to the scheme and undertake more works.”
Brian Motherway, CEO of SEAI said: “Thousands of homeowners have already availed of Better Energy Homes grants and are benefitting as a result. Their positive experiences, coupled with today’s announcement of higher grants, are a real incentive for even more people to consider home energy upgrades.”
It is estimated that the Better Energy Homes scheme has supported 12,770 jobs in the construction sector since 2009 and has delivered CO2 emissions savings of 214.7kt.
Home Renovation Incentive (HRI)
The Home Renovation Incentive was announced by the Minister for Finance in his budget speech on 15th October 2013 as a means of incentivising the construction sector, in particular the smaller contractors. There has been considerable interest in the scheme which has been supported by media advertising by businesses in the construction sector and by various announcements of financial support from banks, credit unions, etc.
What types of work qualify?
The work must be carried out on a person's main or principal private residence and qualifying works can include extensions, painting and decorating, plumbing, tiling, plastering, supply and fitting of windows, supply and fitting of kitchens, bathroom upgrades, landscaping, etc., which qualify for the rate of 13.5% VAT. The work can be carried out as one job or on a phased basis and it can be carried out by one or more Contractors.
Revenue provides full details of the Incentive on their website including detailed Frequently Asked Questions. Read More
The Better Energy Home Scheme grants have been reduced in the recent budget. See our Grants section for further details.
Breffni Insulation has been awarded ISO status for their excellence in Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety.
ISO 9001:2008 - Quality
ISO 14001:2004 - Enviromental
OHSAS 18001:2007 - Health and Safety