SEAI urges homeowners to invest in home energy upgrades

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

SEAI is recommending home energy upgrades, such as attic and wall insulation and heat pump system installation, to keep homes both warm and more energy efficient.

These long-term investments will reduce monthly energy bills, SEAI’s marketing manager has claimed.

“SEAI offers a range of home energy upgrade grant routes to suit most budgets and circumstances,” said Susan Andrews.

“Some people might want to take a step-by-step approach, doing one or two upgrades over time.

“This is a great option for homeowners looking to start upgrading their homes, giving them more flexibility.

“We have over 1,000 SEAI registered contractors to carry out these works and an easy-to-use online application system for homeowners to get started.” 

Ms Andrews also highlighted the benefits of carrying out a comprehensive home energy upgrade in one go to achieve a B or even an A rated home.

“The great thing with using an SEAI registered One Stop Shop is they will manage the whole project from start to finish, including all the grant aspects, making it hassle-free for the homeowner.

“One big plus for the homeowner is that the value of the grant is deducted upfront from the cost of works, which can really help with cashflow for large projects,” she stated. 

For anyone considering a home energy upgrade, SEAI recommends starting with a BER assessment.

This will provide a list of the energy upgrades that could have the biggest impact on improving a home’s energy rating. 

However, those considering a full upgrade should contact the SEAI One Stop Shop for a home energy assessment.

SEAI offers a stand-alone grant of €350 for this assessment, which provides a detailed technical report of the upgrades needed to meet the One Stop Shop grant requirement, in addition to an estimation of likely costs. You are not under any obligation to carry out these works after the assessment.

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