Positive changes to the Government funded energy efficiency schemes
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), Denis Naughten T.D. is announcing a shift in the Government funded energy efficiency schemes, representing a major step in the transition towards decarbonising our heating and the Energy White Paper’s vision of a low carbon energy future.

Here are a number of key changes to the Better Energy Homes grant programme, which will come into effect in 2018.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), Denis Naughten T.D. is announcing a shift in the Government funded energy efficiency schemes, representing a major step in the transition towards decarbonising our heating and the Energy White Paper’s vision of a low carbon energy future.

Here are a number of key changes to the Better Energy Homes grant programme, which will come into effect in 2018.
 
External Wall Insulation Grant Increase
The grant levels for External Wall Insulation will increase from the 15th January 2018, with grant levels ranging from €2,750 to €6,000.
 
Heating Controls Grant Increase
The €100 grant available for oil and gas boiler upgrades will no longer be available from the 15th January 2018. However, the grant for Heating Controls will be increased by the same amount to €700 from the same date.

New improved grant levels under Better Energy Homes from 15th January 2018
                                                                                                         Current    New
Heating Controls                                                                             €600         €700
External Wall Insulation         Detached                                         €4,500      €6,000
                                                  Semi-detached or end of terrace    €3,400      €4,500
                                                  Mid terrace or apartment                €2,250      €2,750
 
Introduction of Heat Pump Grants
A new heat pump grant will be added to the existing range of measures. This is expected to be available from April 2018 onwards. Further information regarding this new grant will be made available in April 2018.
 
How will this affect applications?
All current and open applications for External Wall Insulation and Oil or Gas Boilers with Heating Controls will be paid at the current grant rates up until the 15th January 2018.
 
The removal of the €100 grant for oil and gas boiler upgrades should not impact on future applications as this amount has been applied to the Heating Controls grant, increasing the Heating Controls grant from €600 to €700.
  
FAQs

Q: I have a current application for External Wall Insulation and will submit my DOWS for payment before the 15th January. What grant amount will I receive?
A: Any applications submitted for payment before the 15th January 2018 will be paid at the current grant amount. Any applications submitted for payment after the 15th January 2018 will receive the increased grant amount.

Q. I got paid last week for external wall insulation. Can I get the increased grant amount now?
A. Unfortunately not…. the increased grant only apply to applications paid out as of 15 January 2018.

Q: I have a current application for an oil boiler with heating controls and the works are not due to be completed until after the 15th January. Will I still receive my grant for an oil boiler upgrade with heating controls?
A: Yes, you will receive the same amount of €700 as the €100 for your oil boiler has been transferred to the €600 grant for your heating controls. There is no change to the total grant amount to be paid.

Q: I am a plumbing contractor and I supply gas boiler upgrades. Will the removal of the grant for gas and oil boiler upgrades impact my business?
A: The current grant for oil and gas boiler upgrades is in conjunction with the Heating Controls grant. Instead of offering the €100 for an oil or gas boiler upgrade, we are now offering the same amount just for the Heating Controls. 

Q: I am a homeowner and I heard about the grant for heatpumps on the news. How do I apply for that?
A: The grants will be available in April 2018 and you can apply then. If you like you can keep an eye on our website in April as we will be publishing more details then.

Q: I am a contractor and I heard about the grant for heatpumps on the news. How do I get on the Contractor’s Register for heatpumps?
A: The grants will be available in April 2018. We will open the register in early April. We will publish more information about this in the coming months.