225 homes in Clare availed of Better Energy Homes grant last year – Breen

January 27th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Scheme improves people’s homes and creates local jobs

Clare TD and Chairman of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Pat Breen has urged people in County Clare to avail of the SEAI Better Energy Homes grant. The scheme provides financial assistance to homeowners to improve the comfort levels within their home while reducing energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

“225 homes in Clare availed of the Better Energy Homes grant home energy grant last year. Grants are provided to homeowners for measures such as roof insulation, wall insulation, boiler and heating control upgrades and solar panels. The scheme has been v beneficial for homeowners and has also helped create jobs and keep people in employment.

“The scheme, which was particularly popular during the worst years of the recession, has helped keep a significant amount of people in employment. 8,279 of people in Clare have had their homes upgraded since the scheme began in 2009.

“This Better Energy Homes scheme has provided a lifeline to those carrying out the work during what has been an extremely difficult times for contractors. The grant works must be completed to SEAI standards by a SEAI registered contractor.

“The Government is actively encouraging people to improve the energy performance of their homes by incentivising the cost of installing various upgrade measures. The Better Energy Homes scheme provides assistance to homeowners to reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions and improve the comfort levels within their home.

“As well as supporting the Better Energy Homes scheme, the Government has introduced the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) Scheme which enables people to claim back VAT paid on renovations to their home. Both schemes are designed to benefit homeowners and stimulate employment.

“You can learn more about the Better Energy Homes grants at:


Note to Editors:

Grants are available for the following works:

Energy Efficient Works Incentive
Insulation Attic Insulation: €200
Wall Insulation – Cavity: €250

Wall Insulation – Internal Dry Lining
Apartment (any) OR Mid- terrace House: €900
Semi-detached or End of Terrace: €1,350
Detached House: €1,800

Wall Insulation – External
Apartment (any) OR Mid- terrace House €1,800
Semi-detached or End of Terrace €2,700
Detached House €3,600

Heating System Heating Controls with Boiler (Oil or Gas)
Upgrade: €560
Heating Controls (Upgrade only): €400
Solar Heating: €800
Building Energy Rating (BER): €50