GRANTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE BUT IN MANY CASES HAVE BEEN MARGINALLY REDUCED. The following information comes from seai.ie:
The Better Energy Homes scheme temporarily closed for new applications following Budget 2012 and a subsequent announcement by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
As with all schemes administered by SEAI, the Better Energy Homes scheme is subject to continuous review with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with respect to programme objectives. To date over €115m has been paid in grant support towards 270,000 upgrade measures in 110,000 homes. There is also a noted continued downward trend in the typical cost of works, particularly in the case of wall insulation.
Therefore after a review with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources a number of scheme revisions have been agreed, which will come into effect when the scheme reopens on December 8th 2011, at 10.00 a.m.
The two key changes to the scheme are
Revised grant amounts for all wall insulation types and Building Energy Rating (BER)
Internal and external wall insulation grants will no longer be one single amount, but rather be based upon the house type.
Grants for attic insulation and all heating system upgrades including solar remain unchanged.
A summary of the new grant levels, and how they relate to house type, is shown below: