Grants available to help reduce energy bills

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Grants available to help reduce energy bills

Grants available to help reduce energy bills

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have advised homeowners that if they take action to reduce their energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels, they will help lower their energy bills.

They have urged homeowners to avail of Government-funded home energy grants and supports.

Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI: “These supports will help make homes warmer, cheaper to run and help reduce carbon emissions.”

The SEAI warned homeowners that Irish homes currently use 60% more energy than other EU countries, while it was also noted that 80% of all energy consumed, is used for heating purposes and to heat water. The SEAI urged people to adopt renewable energy alternatives and improve insulation, which they say will help reduce overall energy bills.

Jim Gannon: “Improving your insulation should be your first priority – it ensures you keep in all your valuable heat.
“Once your home is well insulated then it’s time to think about improving your heating system.”

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SEAI currently have individual grants for insulation, renewable home heating, heating controls, and solar PV. These grants range in amount from €400 to €6,000 and typically cover around a third of the cost of the works in an average home. SEAI also offers free home energy upgrades for homeowners in receipt of certain welfare payments.

For homeowners who are planning a major renovation of their home, there is a 50% grant available that will help bring the home up to an A-rating. This will involve more extensive renovations, including; insulation, windows, mechanical ventilation and a renewable heating system, and often requires more substantial investment from the homeowner.

For more information visit www.seai.ie.