Warmer Homes Scheme

The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme provides energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable

The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme provides energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. By insulating your attic to SEAI standards, you could save 25-35% on your heating bills. Insulating your wall with insulation bead saves you 15-25% on your heating bills.

IRD Duhallow has delivered insulation services under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme (BEWHS) since 2006. This service is provided free of charge to eligible householders. IRD Duhallow administers this service across all of North Cork and County Kerry.

What services are available?

The service involves the installation of standard energy efficiency measures appropriate to the eligible household subject to survey.

The measures currently available under this scheme are:

  • Attic insulation.
  • Draught proofing.
  • Lagging jackets.
  • Low energy light bulbs.
  • Cavity wall insulation.
  • Mechanical Extract Fans
  • Energy advice.
  • Building Energy Rating Certificate

Who is eligible?

IRD Duhallow’s Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme is available to homes which meet the following criteria:

  • Owner occupied non-Local Authority homes
  • Constructed before 2006
  • The owner is in receipt of one of the following: Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme or Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age or Family Income Supplement

Areas Covered

IRD Duhallow delivers this service in North Cork, South Limerick and Kerry.

How do I apply?

Contact IRD Duhallow on 029 60633 or email [email protected] to receive an application form.

Better Energy Communities (BEC) Programme

Since 2012, IRD Duhallow has successfully applied to SEAI for funding to deliver deeper energy efficiency measures to groups of houses and community buildings in partnership with local authorities, utility providers, local communities and community based organisations. Works include attic and cavity wall insulation, window and door replacement, boiler and heating controls upgrade, chimney draught limiters and BER certificates. Contact IRD Duhallow on 029 60633 to enquire about this programme

Staffing & Training

The Warmer Homes Scheme is overseen by Coordinator Colm Crowley and five staff under the Community Services Programme (CSP), funded by Pobal. Other programmes, such as Rural Social Scheme, Tus and Community Employment also provides staff to work with our installers. Training continues to be a vital element in the development of our service including manual handling, working at heights training, abrasive wheel training, mobile tower scaffold training, installer insulation training and Safe Pass. Our cavity wall teams have received training from Envirobead Insulation on surveying and insulation and are certified with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) to deliver Bonded Bead Cavity Wall Insulation. IRD Duhallow achieved ISO Certification for our Integrated Management System. This system includes ISO9001 (Quality), ISO14001 (Environmental) and OHSAS 18001(Safety).

Building Energy Rating Service (BER)

IRD Duhallow has a trained BER assessor available to carry out a BER assessment of your property and issue you with a certificate. For a quotation for your property please call IRD Duhallow on 029 60633