Energy grants

Get Grant Aid To Reduce Your Energy Costs

After the recent cold snap, you may already be thinking about reducing your energy costs before next winter kicks in and if you are – and your house was built before 2006 – there has never been a better time to plan on making your home more energy efficient.

In October 2017, the SEAI announced plans to significantly increase the cash grants available for home energy efficiency.  They also announced the introduction of ‘Heatpump’ grants which will become available for the first time from 16th April 2018.  Furthermore, if you are a PAYE worker or self-assessed taxpayer, you can also claim further relief through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme.

How much are the grants worth?

The amount of grant you get depends on what improvement works you make.  If you undertake more than three energy efficiency measures, you can get a bonus payment of €300.

The table below outlines the grants that are available.

Measures

Energy Efficient Measures

Grant Value
InsulationAttic insulation

€300

 

Cavity wall insulation

€300

 Internal Insulation (Dry Lining)
 Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House

€1,200

 Semi-detached OR End of Terrace

€1,800

 Detached House

€2,400

 External Wall Insulation (‘The Wrap’)
 Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House

€2,750

 Semi-detached OR End of Terrace

€4,500

 Detached House

€6,000

Heat PumpsAir to Water

€3,500

 Ground Source to Water

€3,500

 Exhaust Air to Water

€3,500

 

Water to Water

€3,500

 Air to Air

€600

Heating SystemHeating Controls Upgrade

€700

Solar ThermalSolar Thermal

€1,200

Building Energy Rating (BER)

€50

Do more, receive moreNumber of Measures

Bonus Value

Bonus for multiple measuresFor 3rd measure

€300

 For 4th measure

€100

 

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Do I qualify?

  • Grants for Insulation and Heating Controls are available to all owners of homes built and occupied before 2006
  • Grants for Heat Pump Systems and Solar Thermal are available to all owners of homes built and occupied before 2011.
  • The home occupancy date is determined by the date in which the electricity supply was connected.

 

I want to claim the grant for my rental property – can I do this?

  • In short – yes, as long as your rental property meets the qualifying conditions above, you can apply for the SEAI grant for improvement works.
  • You may also benefit from further relief through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme which also applies to relevant properties.
  • It is critical that you keep all receipts and invoices relating to this work as well as details of the grant you have received from SEAI for completion of the work.

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So how does it work?

The SEAI grants are retrospective payments – this simply means that you pay out for the work and then claim the money back.

  1. Get advice from a good building contractor, architect, BER Assessor or energy advisor who should be able to advise on the measures best suited to your home.
  2. Select a SEAI approved contractor – this is crucial – if you choose a contractor who is not on the SEAI list, you will not qualify for the grant, even if the work has been completed. You can check the SEAI approved list
  3. Apply online You need the MPRN number from your electricity bill and the name of your contractor from the SEAI register. If your home qualifies, you can be approved immediately. You can also apply by post.
  4. Accept the grant offer – If you applied online you should receive your grant offer immediately. If you applied by post you should receive your grant offer within 5 working days. You then have 30 days to accept the offer. If you have not accepted the offer within 30 days and still wish to proceed with the grant, you will have to re-apply.
  5. Get the work done -You have six months from the date of the grant offer to complete the works on your home and return the paperwork. This includes completion of the work, payment in full to the SEAI registered contractor and completion of your BER assessment.
  6. Get paid You will receive a Declaration of Works form from SEAI for each measure completed. These must be completed by you, your registered Contractor and your BER assessor when the works and BER are completed. Payment should be received into your chosen bank account approximately 4 weeks after these completed forms have been submitted to SEAI.

The process is relatively simple and is a win-win situation – reducing the cost of the work which in turn will reduce your energy costs.

Why MLMG?

MLMG are Independent Financial Advisors based in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. We pride ourselves in providing honest expert financial advice in a way that is easy to understand. Every client, big and small, is treated the same; you will be advised on the basis that we are standing in your shoes; We will take the time to ensure you understand your finances and your financial needs. We then help you put a plan in place to protect you, your family, your business into the future. We are independent – not tied to any specific bank, financial institution or product provider.

 

Is your existing agent giving you information on potential schemes you can avail of? If not, are you missing out on other very relevant information?

 

At MLMG our purpose is to keep our clients up to date and informed.  Contact us here or call MLMG on 07493 21420 for a consultation.

 

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