Have you ever wondered what schemes and grants are available to you and your home?

Below are several of the grants and schemes available to you and your loved ones. If you are from a low-income household looking to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency or doing some home renovations, there are many grants available to you.

The grants available from the SEAI

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  1. Warmer homes scheme

The Warmer Homes Scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency, and warmth of homes owned by people on low incomes. The free scheme is run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and funds energy efficiency home improvements for low-income households.

The services are provided by non-profit community-based organisations, like us here at Energy Action, and a panel of private contractors, appointed by the SEAI.

The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme includes:

  •       Attic insulation
  •       Draught-proofing
  •       Lagging jackets
  •       Low-energy light bulbs
  •       Cavity wall insulation
  •       Energy advice.
  1. Better energy homes scheme

The SEAI also have a ‘Better Energy Homes Scheme’, which provides grants to homeowners to improve energy efficiency in their homes. The grant approval is valid for six months after the date of issue and must be applied for prior to work been carried out.

These grants are available to both homeowners and landlords and include the following energy-saving works:

  •       Roof insulation
  •       Wall insulation – for example, cavity wall, internal dry lining or external insulation
  •       Heating controls upgrade
  •       Installation of a high-efficiency boiler (more than 90% efficiency) including a heating controls upgrade
  •       A Building Energy Rating after completion of the work (The BER is required to qualify for the grant)
  •       Solar heating
  1. HRI scheme

The Home Renovation Incentive scheme allows homeowners/landlords to claim tax relief on repairs and improvements.

The VAT tax of 13.5% is essentially reduced to zero for qualifying work up to the value of €30,000. Budget 2017 saw the Home Renovation Incentive extended until 31 December 2018.

  1. Housing aid for older people scheme

The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme is aimed at people 66 years of age and older, to improve the condition of an older person’s home. The scheme is for essential repairs to make the home habitable for the occupants.

Each local authority varies as regards to what type of work they will grant aid under the Housing Aid for Older People Scheme. Priority to the scheme is granted to people based on their financial means.

The type of work that is grant aided can include some or all of the following:

  •       Structural repairs or improvements
  •       Dry-lining
  •       Repair or replacement of windows and doors
  •       The provision of water, sanitary services and heating
  •       Cleaning and painting
  •       Radon remediation
  •       Re-wiring
  •       Any other repair or improvement work considered necessary.

For more information on the grants available come along to #FPCON19. Our Early Bird Tickets are available now.

To read more about Grants, checkout www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/housing_grants_and_schemes/

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