Ireland Better Energy and related programmes for buildings

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 10 October 2019

The Better Energy Programme is the umbrella for a number of Government schemes that provide full or partial grants to households. These schemes allow households to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes.  The Better Energy Programme is administered by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

  • Better Energy Homes which offers grants to all homeowners whose homes were built and occupied before 2006 including supports for solar thermal and (from April 2018) heat pumps;
  • Better Energy Communities which aims to encourage community based partnerships between the public, private and residential sectors for the improvement of building stock across the community;
  • Better Energy Warmer Homes which provides upgrades free of charge to households that are vulnerable to energy poverty;
  • Warmth and Wellbeing (pilot scheme) which aims to measure the health and wellbeing impacts of improving the energy efficiency of a person’s home; and
  • Deep Retrofit (pilot programme) which provides funding for a range of deep upgrades to individual homes, including the integration of renewable technologies.


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