Under the national upgrade programme called ‘Better Energy’, the Warmer Homes Scheme, the Home Energy Saving Scheme and the Greener Homes Scheme will be merged into the Better Energy Homes Scheme. It is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The Better Energy scheme provides assistance to homeowners to reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions and improve the comfort levels within their home.
The objectives of the scheme are to:
The incentive is in the form of a Cash Grant. Cash grants are fixed, irrespective of home size, though where actual expenditure is lower than the grant value only the lower amount will be paid. Payment is by Electronic Funds Transfer to the applicant’s bank. There are two methods of application, online (which means a far quicker response) or by post.
Before you apply you will need your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN – 11 digits long and appears on your electricity bill), the year your house was built, what measures you wish to undertake as part of the scheme, to have selected an SEAI registered contractor, your bank details (but not Credit Union) and an email address where your grant offer will be made and from where you must respond to ensure the offer does not lapse.
(NOTE: It is very important that neither a Contractor nor an Assessor applies on your behalf as this contravenes the terms and conditions of their registration.)
To apply, log on to www.seai.ie/hes and either fill in the online form or download a copy of the application form and return it to us. Note that your application must be approved before you carry out any of the works.
For more information about the Home Energy Saving scheme, log onto www.seai.ie/hes or call us on 1850 927000.
The better energy homes scheme is taking place next week.