Brosnan Property Solutions has been providing quality property maintenance services to a growing number of customers since 1997. Of course, we have also expanded our knowledge base over the years, and this has enabled us to address a host of your concerns including gas boiler services. One common (and understandable) issue involves what may be involved when replacing an outdated boiler. Although the process itself can be rather expensive on occasion, you will be happy to learn that a growing number of individuals have already qualified for government assistance. It is still likely that you have several questions. What does this package entail? Who qualifies for a boiler grant? What is involved with the application process itself? We will look at these and other topics so that you can make an informed decision for yourself.
What is the Grant Called?
This ongoing grant is part of the larger Better Energy Home Scheme being offered throughout Ireland. It is primarily intended to provide financial aid to homeowners and landlords who may not be able to afford a standard installation. However, it is often simply referred to as a “boiler grant”. This package has been created by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
This grant can provide up to €750 of financial assistance if an existing boiler is being upgraded to a more efficient model. However, it should be noted that this programme will only apply to new boilers associated with energy efficiency levels of 90 per cent or higher. This observation is valid for gas as well as oil-fired units.
Assuming that the upgrade has been completed, the funds provided by the boiler grant will be transferred directly to your bank account. This liquidity can then be used to offset the initial installation costs.
Who Qualifies for a Boiler Grant?
Who qualifies for a boiler grant and what requirements must be met? Several factors apply. Two stipulations include the use of modern materials and that the new boiler complies with current efficiency standards. There are additional factors that can often affect whether you qualify. These include:
- Owning a structure that was constructed before 2006.
- Using the services of a contractor recognised and certified by the SEAI.
- Completing a Building Energy Rating (BER) after the upgrade has been completed.
- Securing the services of a BER assessor who is registered with the SEAI.
The good news is that the team at Brosnans Property Solutions will provide further advice when needed. If you wish to learn more about who qualifies for a boiler grant, please take a moment to contact us directly.
How to Apply for a Boiler Grant
Now that we have looked at the basics of how the grant works and who can apply for it, lets look at the application process itself.
Identify the Most Relevant Upgrade
It should be mentioned that island homeowners may be eligible for up to 50 per cent of additional financial support. However, this does not apply to locations connected by a land bridge (primarily Valentia and Achill). Keep in mind that some boiler grants may not be appropriate for structures that were constructed before 1940. Speak with one of our team members to better understand which type of programme is the most suited for your needs.
Select a Qualified Advisor and a Registered Contractor
As mentioned previously, it is important to work with a professional that is registered with the SEAI. If you have found an appropriate service provider, a written contract should be created before any work commences. This is required to remain in compliance with current SEAI guidelines.
The same recommendations outlined above are relevant regarding selecting a contractor. The company should be easily found within a list of registered SEAI companies and even if the company claims that it is qualified, avoid procuring their services if no evidence is provided.
Applying for the Grant Itself
It is time to apply for the boiler grant. What are some recommendations to follow throughout the process? Let’s take a closer look.
First and foremost, there are two ways to begin the application process:
- Filling out an online application form
- By post
If you wish to use an electronic form, simply navigate to this link. You will be guided through the process and the information required will be further clarified.
In terms of standard post, you will first need to call 01 808 2100 to have an official form sent to your home address. Once the form is completed, it can be mailed back to:
Better Energy Homes Scheme
Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland
PO Box 119
Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry
If you have applied via the online form, you should normally learn whether you have been approved within a short period. In terms of post, this answer may take up to five working days. Please note that if you have been approved, you will have no longer than 30 business days to accept the offer. Otherwise, the application process will have to be repeated.
Gas Boiler Grants in Ireland: Getting Much-Needed Assistance
Knowing who qualifies for a boiler grant is just as important as understanding the application process. Do you suspect that your current unit is no longer functioning efficiently? Have you become concerned that you do not have the available funds for an upgrade?
These are two issues that can be resolved. Countless property owners have already been approved for an SEAI grant and you could be next.
Speak with One of Our Team Members
Brosnan Property Solutions is more than happy to provide further details on request. Not only do we employ certified professionals, but we are fully capable of carrying out any upgrades that may be required. Thankfully, we are only a phone call away.
Do you have additional questions about the boiler grant scheme mentioned above? Would you like to learn more about the services that we have to offer? We offer other domestic services to homeowners in Cork such as roof repairs, electricians, plumbers, handymen and landscape gardeners.
In any of these cases, it is best to contact us directly. Please take a moment to give us a call or to complete our online form. We can then schedule an assessment at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!