Everyone wants to spend less on their bills and live in a warm and healthy home.
That’s why insulating your home is a big win-win.
Up until now for most people getting major insulation work done on your home has been too expensive and complicated.
This week the government changed that, with the announcment of a range of new supports for those looking to improve their homes.
The aim is to make the process easier and more affordable.
Grants are now going to be available for up to 50% of a deep retrofit. This means up to €25k for a typical home to get it up to a BER of B2.
There will also be special grants for attic and cavity block insulation of up to 80%. Work that previously cost a few grand, will now cost a few hundred Euro.
For those who can’t afford to avail of grants, the Government will retrofit social and private homes to the full cost. My department will be committing close to €200m for those schemes this year alone.
One of the biggest barriers, in the past, has been how complicated it was dealing with contractors. We are dealing with this through the roll out of One-Stop-Shops.
My vision is that getting a home retrofit will be as easy as buying a car. You contact the one-stop-shop, you tell them what you want and can afford, and they do the rest.
They survey your home, design the upgrades, manage the grant process, deal with contractors, and even inspect the works at the end.