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Best Home Improvement Grants in Ireland

Home energy upgrades not only make your home more comfortable, they can also make it more energy efficient, in turn reducing your energy costs and carbon emissions. In order to make retrofitting a possibility for many homeowners, the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) offers a variety of home improvement grants which contribute to retrofitting costs, depending on the type of upgrade process you decide upon.
 
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What types of home upgrade grants are available to me?
There are a number of ways to plan and manage your home energy upgrade and grant applications.
  • Individual Energy Upgrade Grants are the solution for homeowners who want to manage the upgrade process themselves. This option offers a selection of individual grants for home energy upgrades which are part funded with SEAI grants, up to 80% of the cost of the upgrade for a typical family home. Individual Energy Upgrade Grants are suitable for homeowners who want:
    • to manage their own project
    • to apply for the grant themselves
    • to pay for full cost of works and claim grants afterwards

There are six grant options available to homeowners who wish to manage upgrades themselves – Attic Insulation, Wall Insulation, Heating Controls, Heat Pump, Solar Thermal and Solar PV. Despite being more in charge of this grant, you still need to wait for the approval of the grant before starting the project.

  • One Stop Shop Grants are the solution for homeowners who want to carry out more than one retrofitting solution at a time and who wish to have the entire upgrade process managed for them, by professionals, from start to finish. One Stop Shop Grants provide up to 50% off the total cost.
  • Free Energy Upgrades formerly known as the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme, provides free energy-efficient home upgrades for homeowners that receive certain welfare payments.                                                                                     

How much home energy grants are worth?

The following Individual Energy Upgrade Grants are available to homeowners. Remember, if you are considering an Individual Energy Upgrade Grant, you must have grant approval in place before you commence works.

Grant Name What is it? Type or Property Grant Value
Attic Insulation The most cost-effective option as a starting point. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
 
€800
 
€1,200

€1,300

€1,500
Cavity Wall Insulation Grant Cavity walls are injected from the outside with insulation. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
 
€700
 
€800

€1,200

€1,700
Internal Insulation Grant (Dry Lining) Insulation boards are fixed to the inside of external walls. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
 
€1,500
€2,000
€3,500
 
€4,500
 
External Wall Insulation Grant (The Wrap) Insulating materials are fixed to the outer surface of external walls. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
€3,000
€3,500
€6,000
 €8,000
 
SEAI Heating Controls Upgrade
 
    €700
Solar Water Heating Grant (Homes built and occupied before 2021)
 
    €1,200
Air to Water heat pump system
(Homes built and occupied before 2021)
The most common heat pump system extracts heat from external air using an outside unit. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace/Semi-detached/End of terrace/Detached house
 
€4,500
 
€6,500



 
Ground Source to Water heat pump system Uses the earth as a source of renewable heat. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace/Semi-detached/End of terrace/Detached house
 
€4,500
€6,500
Exhaust Air to Water heat pump system Similar to air to water but includes mechanical extract ventilation and heat recovery from the property. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace/Semi-detached/End of terrace/Detached house
 
€4,500
€6,500
Water to Water heat pump system Uses open water, such as lakes, rivers or streams, as a heat source. Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace/Semi-detached/End of terrace/Detached house
 
€4,500
€6,500
Air to Air heat pump system (Homes built and occupied before 2021) This system distributes heat through air units. They do not provide hot water. Apartment (any)/Mid-Terrace/Semi-detached/End of terrace/Detached house
 
€3,500
Solar PV grant     €900 per kWp up to 2kWp
*This equates to €1800 for 2kWp solar panels
 
 
 
      €300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp
* This equates to €2100 for 3kWp solar panels
€2400 for 4kWp solar panels
 
 


The following One Stop Shop Grants are available to homeowners. You can access a wider range of grants using a One Stop Shop than if you were to manage the project yourself.

Grant Name Type of Property Grant Value
Heat Pump System All other properties
Apartments
€6,500
€4,500
Central Heating System for Heat Pump All other properties
Apartments
€2,000
€1,000
Heat Pump Air to Air All properties €3,500
Heating controls All properties €700
Launch bonus for reaching B2 with a Heat Pump All properties €2,000
Solar Hot Water All properties €1,200
Attic insulation Apartment (any)
Mid -Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached House
€800
€1,200
€1,300
 
€1,500
Rafter Insulation Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
€1,500
€2,000
€3,000
 
€3,000
Cavity wall insulation Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
€700
€800
€1,200
 
€1,700
Internal Insulation (Dry Lining) Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
€1,500
€2,000
€3,500
 
€4,500
External Wall Insulation (The Wrap) Apartment (any)
Mid-Terrace
Semi-detached or end of terrace
Detached house
€3,000
€3,500
€6,000
 
€8,000
 
Find more information on the various types of grants available under the One Stop Shop.
 
Who is eligible for a home improvement grant?
  • All homeowners, including landlords, whose homes were built and occupied before 2011 can apply. This ‘built and occupied before’ date is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed.
  • Grants will only be issued once per property for each of the specific types of work implemented. Essentially, this means that any property which previously availed of wall insulation via the Better Energy Homes scheme, or any other government scheme, cannot receive additional support for further wall insulation works.
  • Your home should not have previously received any home improvement grants for the same improvement.
Here are some of our key watch outs which may affect your grant application – Best Home Insulation Grants

How to apply for the grants?
The procedure to apply for home improvement grants is straightforward and easy to understand. There are two options available to you in the grant application process:

One Stop Shop
  • If you choose to go with the One Stop Shop retrofitting process, the grant process and the entire upgrade process (including building contractor, project management and financing), will by managed for you by An Post, in partnership with SSE Airtricity. Find out more about the An Post Home Energy Upgrade One Stop Shop
Individual Energy Upgrades
  • If you choose to manage the upgrade process yourself, the SEAI grant options are available to you but you must have grant approval in place before you begin any work.
 You can download the SEAI Grant Application form here:
 
I don’t know where to start with my upgrade project – can I get help with project management?
  • The Green Hub from An Post is a one-stop shop for your sustainable home energy upgrades and the key element here – your project will be managed for you by a designated professional from start to finish.
  • With the Green Hub from An Post, you can get recommendations, potential upgrade costs and energy savings using our BER Assessment tool. You can book in for your free home assessment, conducted in partnership with SSE Airtricity, and review your upgrade options, price quotes and grant options to get you started on your journey to a more energy efficient and comfortable home.
  • With An Post’s Home Energy Improvement Loan, you can check your eligibility for Ireland’s leading and lowest market rate Green Loan, to help fund the cost of your retrofit project outside of grant allowances.
 

 



 
 

 
 

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