When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Energy efficiency

You may be able to get a grant to help make your home more energy-efficient. Grants can help with

  • new heating systems
  • insulation
  • lighting and heating controls

Each grant has its own rules about who can apply.

Contact the NI Energy Advice Service for information about making your home more energy efficient. 

Grants from power companies

The NI Sustainable Energy programme publishes a list of grants  Private energy companies manage these grants. They help with things like

  • insulation
  • new heating boilers and controls
  • energy-efficient lighting

The list of grants explains who can apply and how to apply.

Grants to replace your boiler

The Housing Executive manages applications for boiler replacement grants.

This grant can help you pay for a new boiler if

your household income is less than £40,000 and

  • you own your home, and
  • your boiler is at least 15 years old.

The amount of money that you will get depends on

  • how much money your household earns each year, and
  • whether you need to install controls as well as a boiler.

The grant can be between £400 and £1000.

You can choose your own engineer to do the work, but they must be on the Gas Safe Register. You may need to get building control approval.

Contact the Housing Executive if you'd like to apply or find out more.

Grants for heating, insulation and windows

You may be able to get an Affordable Warmth Grant if

  • you are a homeowner or a private tenant, and
  • your income is less than £23,000 and
  • you have problems with heating and insulation.

The amount of the grant depends on the type of work that needs to be done. The maximum is usually £7,500 but this can increase to £10,000 if your property needs solid wall insulation.

Landlords of private tenancies have to pay 50% of the cost of the work. The grant will pay the rest.

Qualifying work for the affordable warmth scheme

The Housing Executive will decide what kind of work the grant can cover. There is an order of priority for the work:

  1. insulation, ventilation and draught proofing
  2. heating
  3. windows
  4. solid wall insulation.

The first thing the Housing Executive will try to improve is insultation, the heating. If you don't need help with insulation or heating, they may be able to replace poor windows.

Applying for an affordable warmth grant

The council usually selects the properties for this grant. They do this by sending out surveys to households in their area. They'll tell the Housing Executive which properties may be suitable for the grant.

You can also contact the council to ask about this grant. Contact your local council's building control department to find out more or to apply.