Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme

Warmer Homes Scheme

What is the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme?

Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run.

What services are available?

The service involves the installation of standard energy efficiency measures appropriate to the eligible household subject to SEAI survey, budget allocation and available capacity. The service is provided at no cost to the household and the measures currently available under this scheme are:

  • Attic insulation;
  • Draught proofing;
  • Lagging jackets;
  • Low energy light bulbs;
  • BER (Building Energy Rating);
  • Cavity wall insulation;
  • Energy advice.

Who can avail of the Scheme?

This 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
    • Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with a child under seven years of age
    • Family Income Supplement
    • One Parent Family Payment

How are the services provided?

BEWH services are provided by a panel of SEAI appointed non-profit community based organisations (CBOs) and a panel of SEAI appointed private contractors. CBO or Contractor installers are assigned to a household depending on their geographic location. CBOs and contractors deliver the BEWH to the highest quality assurance standards. Inspections are carried out on a sample of homes completed to ensure the standards are maintained.

West Cork Development Partnership delivers the Warmer Homes Scheme in the West Cork Area since 2008.

How do you apply to the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme?

Contact West Cork Development Partnership, Warmer Homes Scheme, The Warner Centre, Barrack Street, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland  on 02752266 or email

Download the WHS Application Form