Government Grants for Home and Loft Insulation
Installing insulation in your home can save you money on your fuel bills and reduce your carbon footprint – according to the Energy Saving Trust you could save up to £135 every year by installing cavity wall insulation and as much as £175 with loft insulation. With so many insulation grants and offers around, it’s now the perfect time to get your home insulated. You may be able to receive government grants for insulation through one of the schemes below:
Insulation Grants – England & Ireland
Warm Front Scheme: provides government grants for loft insulation as well as draught proofing, water tank insulation, cavity wall insulation and central heating. Grants of up to £3,500 are available or up to £6,000 if you heat you home with oil or low carbon technology. Warm Front Grants are being phased out over the next few years; to be eligible you must be aged over 60 or receiving benefits.
Insulation Grants – Scotland
Energy Assistance Package: this is available for elderly Scottish residents and those on benefits. The scheme provides help with installing insulation and new central heating.
Insulation Grants – Wales
The Fuel Poverty Scheme (NEST): replaces the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme and is aimed at vulnerable, hard-to heat properties in Wales. Grants are provided through this scheme for household insulation and heating improvements.
Insulation Grants – Northern Ireland
Warm Homes Scheme: this is similar to the Warm Front Scheme but applies to eligible residents in Northern Ireland.
You may also be eligible for a home insulation grant through your local council or Home Improvement Agency, check with yours to find out if you’re eligible.
Other Insulation offers
Energy Suppliers are obliged through the Carbon Emissions Reductions Targets (CERT) to provide insulation grants to customers. Here are details of the free house insulation offers the big five energy companies in the UK offer:
British Gas Insulation Grants – the company offer both new and old customers free cavity wall insulation if they are on benefits or aged over 70.
E-on Insulation Grants – provide wall and roof insulation grants for those over 70 and in receipt of many types of benefit. Their prices for installing insulation if you don’t qualify for free insulation start at £150.
Scottish Power Insulation Grants – give free insulation to all customers until the 30th September 2012. In addition, if you’re a pensioner or are on certain benefits, you could receive a £100 high street voucher for installing cavity wall and loft insulation.
EDF Insulation Grants – provide free insulation for all customers until the end of October 2012. If you’re a pensioner or on certain types of benefits you could also receive a £100 voucher for each insulation measure you install (for loft and cavity wall insulation).
Npower Insulation Grants – offer free loft and cavity wall insulation to those over 70 or in receipt of certain benefits, even if you’re not an Npower customer. If you’re not eligible for free insulation they offer insulation for around £149 per measure.
Check the terms and conditions for all of these deals to make sure you qualify.
The Green Deal
The government are launching their new Green Deal scheme in autumn 2012 which will provide loans of up to £6,000 per household for installing energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and solid wall insulation. Through the scheme, a free energy assessment will be carried out on properties to establish which measures are suitable for that property. The cost of installing these energy efficiency measures will be paid back through savings in household energy bills over time.