A Grant from SEAI through the Communities scheme has been awarded to Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative to retrofit homes within Tipperary for 2019. Homeowners need to demonstrate the amount of kWh/yr (energy) savings after their upgrade works have been carried out.
Grant measures that obtain an 80% Grant include:
- Attic Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, External Wall Insulation
- Heating Controls upgrade
- Stove (no back boiler)
Grant measures that obtain a 40% Grant include: maximum amount €12,000
- Heat pump (Air to Water)
Under this scheme grant aid for Communities upgrades are available for houses that were built pre-2006, for Heat pumps only the house can be pre – 2011.
All invoices and receipts from the Contractor will be dealt with by the Energy Team and will be the basis of the drawing down of the Grant money from SEAI.
A BER assessment is required on your home before and after works have been complete, this will be organised for you by the scheme.
The overall cost under this scheme for the BER assessment is €332. €150 is required from each homeowner towards the cost of the two BER assessments.
A technical assessment is only required if you wish to install a heat pump. It cost €225 for this assessment and must be paid directly to Energy Communities Tipperary Co-operative before the assessment takes place. See Heat Pump below.
Fuel Allowance Qualification
To qualify for the higher-level Grant, you must be in receipt of one of the following
- Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme
- Job Seekers Allowance for over six months (with Children under the age of 7)
- Family Income Supplement (FIS)
- One Parent Family Payment
- Domiciliary Care Allowance.
- Carers Allowance: A Carers Allowance Conformation Form must be completed and stamped by DEASP officer.
All works must be completed by October 12th, 2019.
For a limited period in 2019 Heat pumps will be allocated 80% Grant funding. * A technical assessment must be carried out on your home to check that your home is heat pump ready. If you house is uninsulated with leaky windows a heat pump is not the heating solution for you home. A heat pump runs at a lower temperature than a normal condensing oil or gas boiler, therefore the house must be well insulated with good airtightness to get the best results from a heat pump. You must achieve at least 2 W/km2 on the fabric heat loss indicator in the technical assessment, if you do not achieve this our technical advisory will outline the measure you need to take to achieve this. Example – to pump your cavity walls with insulation, you can avail of the 80% grant to carry out any of these upgrade measure before installing the heat pump.