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If you struggle to pay the day to day costs of running your home, you could qualify for a helping hand with your energy bills. Here are some of the grants and allowances that could help cut the cost of your gas and electricity.
There are three main grants and allowances available in Ireland that can help make your energy bills a bit more manageable.
This is a set of allowances that could help towards the cost of running your home. If you’re eligible for the Household Benefits Package, you could get:
If you’re over 70 you automatically qualify for the Household Benefits Package. However, you can also get it if you’re under 70 and meet additional qualifying criteria.
You can apply online for the for the Households Benefits Package by visiting the MyWelfare website.
Find out more about the package and and check if you qualify for it on the Gov.ie website.
If you’re getting certain social welfare payments, you’ll qualify for the Fuel Allowance which helps with the cost of heating your home during the winter months.
Payments run weekly, usually for 28 weeks from October to April, or you can opt for two lump sum payments.
It works out the same whether you opt for weekly or lump sum payments, here are the two payment types:
If you apply later in the year, your payments will not be backdated.
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 pays you.
Our guide: How to claim the Fuel Allowance covers off more on how to apply and how to change your payment type.
You can also visit the Gov.ie website to check if you qualify and find out more about the scheme.
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 and help reduce your gas and electricity bills. Some of the grants currently on offer include money for:
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 grants require an investment from you, meaning you’ll need to share the cost of the home energy improvements. However, you stand to make substantial savings on your energy bills once the improvements are complete.
There are some steps to take before applying for a grant, the first of these is deciding what energy improvements your home needs.
Once you’ve found out what financial support you can get, it’s worth looking at other ways you could make your bills cheaper.
You could save up to €476 by switching to a cheaper gas & electricity tariff which could make a huge difference to your household bills.
Switching is easy and takes just a few minutes. If you haven’t switched in the last 12 months then it’s even more likely that you could make some big savings. Here’s how to switch your gas and electricity supplier.
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. See our top energy saving tips to get started.