Free Home Insulation Service

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Free Insulation : Under the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme- certain home owners in Ireland can get energy saving work done on their houses for FREE.
In Dublin Energy Action delivers this SEAI Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme to qualifying households.
This service aims to improve the energy efficiency and comfort conditions of homes occupied by low-income and elderly households. As a Dublin based charity their free home insulation service is confined to the greater Dublin area. However, Energy Action links with 23 other Community Based Groups (CBOs) spread throughout the country, delivering a similar service

You will be eligible to apply if you are a homeowner and your home was built before 2006 and you are getting one or more of the following benefits:

a) Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme **
b) Family Income Supplement
c) Jobseeker’s Allowance for over 6 months with at least 1 child aged under 7 .
d) One Parent Family Payment (This was added to the criteria from Jan 2016)

** Pensioners can get the fuel allowance if their weekly income is below €330.30 (single) or €536.60 (couple)

The measures currently available for free under this scheme are:
  • Free Attic insulation 
  • Free Cavity wall insulation
  • Free Draught proofing 
  • Free Hot Water tank Lagging jackets
  • Free Low energy light bulbs.

This scheme has been allocated extra funding for 2016
Landlords can’t get funding under this scheme – but if they have tenants in energy poverty (or at risk of it) landlords can apply for other grants under the Better Energy Scheme
The services are provided by a panel of non-profit local community-based organisations and a panel of private contractors. Both panels are appointed by SEAI. The initial process begins with a surveyor calling to your home to confirm that you are eligible and assess the amount of work needed. The work is then done by an installer, if budget is available. Inspections are carried out on a sample of homes completed to ensure that standards are maintained.

You have to call this freephone number to apply : 1800 250 204.

Or e-mail

If you don’t qualify for this scheme – you could qualify for grants towards the cost of a new boiler or home insulations. More information here grant scheme for home insulation and boiler upgrades 

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