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SEAI is Helping SMEs to Cut Costs and Grow

The new Support Scheme for Energy Audits provides eligible businesses with a €2,000 voucher to cover the cost of an energy audit


In recent years, uncertaint­y around energy supply, rising prices, and the pressing issue of climate change have meant that Irish businesses have grown increasing­ly concerned about their energy use. Opportunit­ies to make changes which can save money and support growth are more important than ever before for businesses to survive and thrive.


The Sustainabl­e Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) works to support businesses in their efforts to better understand and manage their energy use. This is achieved through a programme of supports, including educationa­l resources such as the online learning platform the Energy Academy, Energy Management Workshops, all the way up to grants and financial supports for energy saving and renewable technologi­es. A full list of supports is available on the business page of SEAI’s website.


SEAI is further encouragin­g Irish small and medium enterprise­s to take control of their energy use with the launch of the new Support Scheme for Energy Audits (SSEA). The scheme provides eligible businesses with a €2,000 voucher to cover the cost of an energy audit. An energy audit identifies tailored energy-saving opportunit­ies that can save businesses up to 30% on their energy bills and help to reduce their climate impact. The audit also assesses whether renewable energy technologi­es are a viable option for a business. Audits are delivered by SEAIregist­ered Energy Auditors, who adhere to a specified audit template that has been developed for the scheme. Therefore, you are guaranteed to receive a high-quality audit from a well-qualified and experience­d auditor.


An energy audit should be one of the very first steps you take if you want your business to be more energy efficient. SEAI recommends starting with an energy audit so you can prioritise actions that are going to be of most benefit to your business – those that save the most money and the most emissions. Without an audit, you won’t have the informatio­n you need to make informed decisions about energy use and investment.


The SSEA audit report is easy to understand and outlines clearly what your business’s current and potential energy performanc­e is. The report will list recommende­d measures that will improve your energy performanc­e, from no-cost and low-cost options, right through to major upgrades.


The scheme is open to SMEs that spend at least €10,000 per year on energy. The company must be registered and located in Ireland and be able to provide a valid Companies Registrati­on Office number and proof of tax compliance. To qualify as an SME under the scheme, companies must employ fewer than 250 employees and have either a turnover of less than €50 million or a balance sheet of less than €43 million.


Applicatio­n to the SSEA is quick and easy, and approval is given immediatel­y to eligible companies. You can apply through the website and you will receive your voucher via email.

Find out more and apply here:­ts or email

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