12,000 homes in Longford could be eligible for new and increased home energy grants

Over 3,675 homes in Longford have availed of home energy grants to date

Martha O'Brien

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12,000 homes in Longford could be eligible for new and increased home energy grants

12,000 homes in Longford could be eligible for new and increased home energy grants according to Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

They say that grant  support of up to €6,000 is now available for external wall insulation and revealed that over 3,675 homes in Longford have availed of home energy grants to date.

On average people spend €1,850 on their heating each year, if your house is properly insulated that saves about €600 per year on those heating bills.

So to help people the SEAI have introduced grants for people to finally insulate their homes so that people can save money (and also so you can be more energy efficient).

Grants range from €300 for attic insulation, to €700 for upgrades to heating controls, all the way to €6,000 for external wall insulation.

However they are introducing a new grant of €3,500 for heat pumps this April. Heat-pumps are these electrical devices which convert energy from the air outside of your home into useful heat like how a fridge takes the heat from its inside. They are a more efficient alternative to traditional oil, gas, solid fuel and electric home heating systems.

Commenting on the range of grants available to homeowners, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD said: “As a country, we have a critically important task ahead to ensure our homes are energy efficient. This is why I secured increased government funding this year in Budget negotiations so these new and increased grants can be available to thousands more householders across the country and to encourage more investment in home energy improvements. All of us have a responsibility to act on climate change and improving our home’s energy performance is a significant step in decreasing our collective carbon footprint.”

Commenting on the extra grant supports available, SEAI Chief Executive Jim Gannon said:"Already, over 3,600 homes in Longford have availed of home energy grants. The best way to reduce your energy costs in the long-term is to simply use less. There are a range of grants available for attic and wall insulation, heating upgrades and solar thermal. At the very least, we are asking people to find out more about the extra supports now available and to see what might be suitable for their home. Now more than ever, we need to see people take action where they can, and the additional support we are putting in place should help make this happen.”

Homeowners can apply for grants online at www.seai.ie and get immediate approval. Once approved, homeowners have six months to get the works completed and claim the grant.

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