The Better Energy Programme is the umbrella for a number of Government schemes that provide full or partial grants to households, allowing them to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. The Better Energy Programme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Better Energy Homes provides grants to homeowners to upgrade their homes with energy efficiency measures, thus reducing energy use, costs and green house emissions. This scheme is open to all owners of dwellings built prior to 2006.
Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme delivers a range of free energy efficiency measures to low-income private households who are vulnerable to energy poverty. To be eligible for the Warmer Homes scheme a person must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme;
- Job seekers allowance for more than six months and with children under 7;
- Family Income Support.
Better Energy Communities programme supports energy upgrades to existing building and facilities in the community sector. It targets homes/areas in a certain distinct geographic areas at risk of energy poverty and is eligible to:
- Participating Energy Suppliers (or their designated delivery partner) acting in partial fulfilment of its energy saving target;
- The Public sector, including local authorities
- Community-based organisations (CBOs) that have an established service for delivering the required measures; or other community type organisations.
- Private sector
- Voluntary organisations
A full list of the successful community projects in 2016 can be downloaded here
Warmth and Wellbeing pilot scheme
The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme is a pilot scheme which aims to make homes warmer and healthier to live in. It does this by providing extensive energy efficiency upgrades to those in energy poverty who are living with chronic respiratory conditions. The initiative is led by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Health Services Executive (HSE). The scheme provides extensive energy efficiency upgrades free of charge to people who meet the eligibility criteria. More details are available here.
Housing Aid for Older People
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government administers the Housing Aid for Older People scheme which provides grants to older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out. Grant eligible works include structural repairs or improvements, re-wiring, repairs to, or replacement of, windows and doors, provision of water supply and sanitary facilities, provision of heating, cleaning and painting. Local authorities vary as regards what type of work they will grant aid under the scheme.
Household Benefits Package
The Department of Social Protection provides financial assistance to households through either the Electricity Allowance or the National Gas Allowance. This scheme is available to all those over 70 years of age and also to certain groups if they meet certain criteria. Find out more on qualifying criteria for household benifits on the Department of Social Protections website.
The Department of Social Protections also provides households with help to cover the cost of heating their homes during the winter months. The Fuel Allowance to those who are dependent on long-term social welfare and who are unable to provide for their own heating needs.