Home energy grants increase

Attic and cavity insulation grants almost triple while solar and heating control grants remain unchanged, as eligibility criteria widened to pre-2021 homes for renewables.

Grant amounts for insulation upgrades and for installing renewables have been increased in ROI, as announced by Taoiseach Micháel Martin on February 8, 2022.

The body responsible for administering the grants, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), has also changed the eligibility criteria for renewables.

Now, homes built before 2021 can avail of grants to install renewable systems. The previous cut-off point was 2011.

Renewables refer to heat pumps, solar thermal, and photovoltaics i.e. solar that generates electricity.

The grant for installing a battery has been axed.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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