Free home energy upgrade: Protecting people at most risk of energy poverty
Today I welcome changes to the Warmer Homes Scheme for those at most risk of energy poverty. The Warmer Homes Scheme has offered free energy upgrades for eligible homeowners since 2000. In that time over 143,000 free upgrades have been supported by the scheme.
A budget allocation of €109 million has been provided for this scheme this year. This will support an increase in the number of free home upgrades, from an average of 177 per month in 2021 to 400 per month this year, helping to reduce waiting times. The scheme will also target the worst performing properties, by prioritising homes that were built and occupied before 1993 and have a pre-works BER of E, F or G. Existing applications will not be affected by this change.
For the first time, applications will be accepted from qualifying homeowners who previously received supports under the scheme, but who could still benefit from even deeper measures. The scheme eligibility criteria will also be extended to include those in receipt of the Disability Allowance for over 6 months and have a child under 7 years.
Contact SEAI to check your eligibility and make an application. (Website not yet updated with new criteria 09.02.2022). As with all schemes please don't hesitate to get in touch with this office if you need support with an application.