SEAI encourages use of new insulation service

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Better Energy Warmer Homes provides free wall and roof insulation.
Image provided by Toni Mercer (Marketing Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland)

A new home insulation service is available to homeowners throughout Dublin. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland promises that it will lead to homes that are warmer, healthier to live in and easier to run.

The scheme, Better Energy Warmer Homes, is government funded and managed by the SEAI. It provides free wall and roof insulation and lighting upgrades, and over 14,400 people have availed of it since its launch in 2009 with 333 of them have received upgrades in the last 3 months.

Only owner occupied houses that have been built before 2006. Homeowners hoping to apply must be on Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and have children under seven years of age, Family Income Supplement or One Parent Family Payment.

Once a dwelling qualifies for the scheme, the SEAI will send an assessor to inspect it and determine the upgrades need to be made. These tend to include attic insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets, attic insulation and low energy light bulbs.

The SEAI’s Head of Delivery, John Randles, made this statement about the scheme:

“The aim of the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme is to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of energy poor homes and SEAI is urging those in Dublin who think they are eligible to contact us. There has been a great demand for the scheme to date and we want to ensure that all eligible homes are aware of the supports available.”

Applications can by downloading the online application form at or by contacting SEAI at 1800 250 204 or

By Kevin Carney