Avail of new homes grant - Hayes

Tipperary Fine Gael Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes T.D has urged people in Tipperary to avail of the SEAI Better Energy Homes grant.

Tipperary Fine Gael Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes T.D has urged people in Tipperary to avail of the SEAI Better Energy Homes grant.

The scheme provides financial assistance to homeowners to improve the comfort levels within their home while reducing energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Some 396 homes in Tipperary availed of the Better Energy Homes grant home energy grant last year. Grants are provided to homeowners for measures such as roof insulation, wall insulation, boiler and heating control upgrades and solar panels. The scheme has been very beneficial for homeowners and has also helped create jobs and keep people in employment.

Minister Hayes said: “The scheme, which was particularly popular during the worst years of the recession, has helped keep a significant amount of people in employment, as 4,654 people have had their homes upgraded since the scheme began in 2009.

“This Better Energy Homes scheme has provided a lifeline to those carrying out the work during what has been an extremely difficult times for contractors. The grant works must be completed to SEAI standards by a SEAI registered contractor.”

He added, “The Government is actively encouraging people to improve the energy performance of their homes by incentivising the cost of installing various upgrade measures. The Better Energy Homes scheme provides assistance to homeowners to reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions and improve the comfort levels within their home.

He concluded, “As well as supporting the Better Energy Homes scheme, the Government has introduced the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) Scheme which enables people to claim back VAT paid on renovations to their home. Both schemes are designed to benefit homeowners and stimulate employment. “You can learn more about the Better Energy Homes grants at:http://www.seai.ie/Grants/Better_Energy_Homes/#sthash.QdHG9UIW.dpuf