Louth BER provides a high quality, affordable energy rating service to clients throughout the North East region and beyond. BER surveys are conducted at fixed appointment times convenient to the client, with evening and weekend appointments available on request. An 'all in' cost is quoted before the survey takes place and there are no hidden charges. In addition to BER certification, clients receive free professional advice on improving their energy rating and reducing energy bills, along with guidance on applying for any government grants they may be entitled to.
Improve Your Rating And Lower Your Energy Bills
A building's energy rating is not set in stone; often it can be improved signigicantly by simple measures like adding extra insulation or upgrading an aging, inefficient heating system. Your BER certificate from Louth BER will be accompanied by a comprehensive and clearly presented Advisory Report detailing measures you can take to improve your rating and save on future energy costs. This advice will be specific to you and your property and our assessor will support you in making informed decisions about the most cost-effective energy-saving measures suitable for your situation. All the advice we give is totally impartial and does not involve the promotion or endorsement of any particular products or services.
'A' rated homes now attract a premium on the property market so all sellers should note that an €50 government grant is available towards the cost of an 'after works' BER survey carried out in conjunction with energy saving measures. See below for more details.
The National Upgrade Programme provides grants through the Better Energy Homes scheme. As part of your BER survey you will receive free advice on any grants available to you and whatever assistance you need in making grant applications.
Better Energy Homes Scheme
The Better Energy Homes scheme provides grants to homeowners interested in improving the energy efficiency of their property in order to reduce energy costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions. The scheme is open to all owners of existing houses built before 2006 and includes an €50 grant towards a mandatory 'after works' BER assessment.
|Wall||Cavity Wall Insulation - All House Types||€300|
|Internal Wall Dry-lining|
|· Apartment or mid-terrace house||€1,200|
|· Semi-detached or end-of-terrace house||€1,800|
|· Detached house||€2,400|
|External Wall Insulation|
|· Apartment or mid-terrace house||€2,750|
|· Semi-detached or end-of-terrace house||€4,500|
|· Detached house||€6,000|
|Heating||Heating Controls Upgrade||€700|
|Bonus||Additional bonus payment for 3rd upgrade measure||€300|
|Bonus||Additional bonus payment for 4th upgrade measure||€100|
|BER||An 'After Works' BER Assessment||€50|
Outline Sequence For Better Energy Homes Scheme Grant Applications
- Homeowner submits a grant application to SEAI for selected measures. It is advisable to apply for all the measures you are considering as you can always cancel any measures you decide not to do after initial approval.
- SEAI approves the grant application and after receiving acceptance of this offer posts the relevant forms to the homeowner.
- Registered contractor carries out the upgrade work and fills out the relevant sections of the Declaration of Works forms.
- BER Assessor publishes a BER for the home after upgrade works are complete.
- BER Assessor estimates the pre-works energy rating and completes the relevant sections of the BER DOW form. This is returned to the homeowner with the BER cert and associated advisory report.
- Homeowner submits all the grant forms to SEAI who issue the grant payment directly to their bank account.
See the Better Energy Homes grant scheme for details.
If you have any questions about the Better Energy Homes scheme or your eligibility to apply you can contact Robert for more details.
Warmer Homes Scheme - Free Energy Upgrade
The Warmer Homes Scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency and comfort conditions of homes occupied by vulnerable households in receipt of the National Fuel Allowance. The upgrade measures included in this scheme are cavity wall insulation, attic insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets and the fitting of low energy light bulbs. These measures are all carried out at absolutely no cost to the homeowner. You can find the eligibility criteria here.