Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (468)

Robert Troy

Question:

468. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the grants available towards the installation of an air to water heating system to a home. [50233/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Government currently funds a number of schemes, administered by the SEAI, to assist homeowners in upgrading the energy efficiency of their properties, including switching to new heating systems. These include free upgrades for low income households and fixed grants for those who can invest some of their own money. The grants promote a fabric first approach – advising people to first reduce heat losses by installing insulation and ventilation, making it easier to keep a home warmer and more comfortable for longer periods, before moving to installation of new or renewable heating systems. Since 2000, over 400,000 homes have received direct support under these schemes to carry out work to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. This year, I have allocated €100 million funding for these schemes.

Grants are available to homeowners through the Better Energy Homes Scheme for attic and wall insulation and heating controls, as well as for more environmentally friendly heating sources such as heat pumps (including air to water heat pumps). The heat pump grant is currently €3,500. However, homes must meet a certain level of energy efficiency in order to qualify for the grant. The installation of heat pumps can also be supported as part of a deeper energy efficiency upgrade under the Better Energy Communities Scheme. This scheme funds community based partnerships to improve the energy efficiency of the building stock in their area – homes, including those at risk of energy poverty, community facilities and businesses. It also encourages innovative measures and solutions.