What help can I get to pay my energy bill?
Here are some of the grants and allowances that could help pay for some of your energy bills.
The Fuel Allowance helps pensioners and other low-income households with the cost of heating their homes during the winter months.
In total it’s worth €658 and if you qualify you can receive the money either:
- As a weekly payment of €22.50, increasing to €24.50 in January 2020, lasting for 28 weeks from October to April
- In two lump sum payments, one in October and the second in January
To apply for Fuel Allowance for the first time, you need to fill in a NFS1 form and send it to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection that pay you.
For more information, and to check if you’re eligible, visit the Gov.ie website.
The Household Benefits Package
This is a package of allowances that could help with the cost of running your home.
If you’re over 70 you automatically qualify for the Household Benefits Package - but some people under 70 can also get it.
If you’re eligible you could get:
- A monthly gas or electricity allowance of €35 per month
- A free TV licence, from the next renewal data of your licence
To apply for the Households Benefits Package you need to fill in a HB1 form and send it to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
You can find out more and check if you qualify for the package on the Gov.ie website.
Home Energy Grants
Another way to get help with your energy bills is by making the most of the grants on offer from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
These grants are to help make your home more energy efficient. Some of the grants currently on offer include money for:
- Heat pump system
- Heating controls
- Solar water heating
- Solar electricity
The value of these grants is based on your circumstances and the size of your home but could be worth up to €6,000.
Some require you to invest alongside the grants so you may need to share the cost of the home improvements.
You can see a full list of the different grants available and find out more on the SEAI website.
Make savings in other ways
Once you’ve investigated the financial support you can get, it’s worth looking at other ways you could make your bills cheaper.
Switch to a cheaper tariff
You could save up to €351 by switching to a cheaper gas & electricity tariff so it could make a big difference to your bills.
Switching is easy any takes just a few minutes, and if you haven’t switched in the last 12 months then it’s even more likely that you could make some big savings.
Switch and save up to €351 on your energy bills
It only takes a few minutes to find a cheaper deal and start saving
Make your home more efficient
Another way to cut your bills is just by using less energy and there are lots of ways you can make your home more energy efficient without a big financial outlay.
Check out our energy saving tips
Use less energy at home and save money off your bill