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Boost to SEAI Grants Announcement March 2015

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 A Welcome Announcement Made March 10, 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.


MD of Churchfield Home Services Noel Rowland has emphasised the positive effect this announcement will have, not just for Cas well as the increased grant amounts now means customers can have several measures completed on their home at once offering a more streamlined service for us and for the customer".


Please see the below table of the now in effective grant values



Cash grant value






External wall insulation



Apartment/mid Terrace House



Semi-Detached/end Terrace



Detached House






Internal wall insulation



Apartment/mid Terrace House



Semi-Detached/end Terrace



Detached House






Cavity and attic insulation






Solar Thermal Heating






Gas/Oil Boiler installation with heating controls






Heating Controls upgrade




 hurchfield Home Services Customers, who will enjoy larger savings on their home upgrades but that the bonus payments will afford customers to avail of several upgrades at once and be rewarded for it.  


"Too often our customers express a desire to have several measures carried out at once so as to reap the full rewards of their upgrade, but too often financial constraints allows them to only carry out one or two measures at a time.  This added incentive 


For example


Typical 3 bed semi detached house


Efficiency Upgrade Measures



Attic Insulation



Gas Boiler & Heating Controls



External Wall Insulation Costs






Less SEAI Grants Available



Attic Insulation



Gas Boiler & Heating Controls



External Wall Insulation Costs



Bonus Incentive(When you complete 3 measures)






Less Electric Ireland Efficiency Incentive



Attic Insulation



Gas Boiler & Heating Controls



External Wall Insulation Costs






Net Cost For Upgrading





The time to upgrade your home is now!

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