Even when these improvements aren’t directly related to energy performance, they may present opportunities to take advantage of the green homes grant scheme. For example, it is much simpler to fit underfloor insulation if the owner is already planning to have carpet or laminate fitted on the ground floor. With the scheme covering the first two thirds of the cost of the work, up to £5,000 (or the full cost up to £10,000 for those on low income), the payback period for owners having energy efficiency improvements fitted is greatly reduced. Landlords in particular may see the advantage of this investment as they are now required to ensure their domestic properties have a minimum energy performance certificate (epc) of e (subject to some exclusions) before they can be put up for rent due to the minimum energy efficiency standards.
Under the green homes grant scheme, homeowners and landlords in england will be able to apply for vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of their home. For most people, the maximum contribution will be £5,000. Households on low incomes will be eligible for up to 100% funding, up to a maximum of £10,000.
In order to claim the green homes grant you must first check if you are eligible for the scheme, you can then begin to gather quotes for your chosen measure/s. Find out more about how to apply for the green homes grant.
Free loft and cavity wall insulation, or grants towards it, are available from some energy suppliers under the energy company obligation (eco) scheme. Find out more in our guide to free loft insulation from energy suppliers. If you receive certain benefits, you might be able to get a grant for insulation, or a new boiler, through the affordable warmth scheme.
Underfloor insulation is a great way to keep your property warm – approximately 15% of heat lost from homes is lost through the ground floor. The great news is that it could even be free under the eco3 scheme or heavily discounted under the new government green home grants initiative. Meg are well equipped to help you take advantage of these schemes so fill in super quick enquiry (am i eligible link – do i make this what can i apply for) to see what is available for you to save money and help reduce your impact on the planet.
Many older houses with suspended timber floors in the uk have big draughts and inadequate floor insulation; this can cause cold feet as well as higher energy bills. Installing underfloor insulation can address both these problems and give a payback on your investment in 5 years or less depending on whether you do it as a diy job or use a professional. This article discusses the options for insulating suspended timber floors and the author’s experience of insulating the floors of a 1930’s house.
If your home has an underground crawlspace you are likely to be suitable, for example, if you have a number of steps up to your front door – it’s likely that you have a suspended floor. Similarly, if your home has a basement, cellar, or is built on a slope, it also has a high chance of qualifying. Suspended timber ground floors are common in older homes – this is where the floorboards rest over the joists, which can cause them to lose a large amount of heat. Air/ventilation bricks on the exterior walls can also indicate you might qualify.
Consider the two main sources of heat loss in a home:
heat loss from the fabric of the building (walls, ceilings, floors. Closed windows and doors)
heat loss from draughts through things like gaps in floors, windows, doors, open chimneys and loft hatches. In a very draughty home, heat loss through draughts can actually exceed the heat loss from the fabric of the building. Insulating a suspended timber floor can eliminate floor draughts and reduce heat loss through the fabric of the floor at the same time. From a thermal comfort perspective, it does appear that feet are particularly sensitive to colder temperatures, so addressing floor draughts can help improve comfort levels.
Older homes are more likely to have suspended timber floors. Timber floors can be insulated by lifting the floorboards and laying mineral wool insulation supported by netting between the joists. Many homes – especially newer homes – will have a ground floor made of solid concrete. This can be insulated with rigid insulation laid on top. You don’t need to insulate the floors of upstairs rooms in your house if they’re above heated spaces (like the living room). But you should think about insulating any floors that are above unheated spaces such as garages, as you could be losing a lot of heat through those.
The best way to insulate your home from under the floor is via a cellar or a basement. This allows the insulation team enough access to the underfloor area, most older homes retain an amount of draughts and condensation, this was done so that bricks and wooden joists stopped rotting. The insulation company specialise in under floor insulation, by over insulating these areas, it can create a flow of warm damp air that will filter into the cavities of walls and timbers and eventually cause them to rot. Getting the balance is as important.
Mineral wool insulation comes in roll or batts (slab form). It is cheap but not as good an insulator as pir thermal insulation board and is a pain to cut to the right size. If you can get the right width to match the joist spacing and the joists are spaced evenly then it can work well. Natural materials such as wool are more pleasant to handle than mineral wool and are considered superior for older buildings by those that know (english heritage) as they allow the floor to “breathe” and buffer the moisture reducing the risk of damp. Where you are fighting lack of underfloor ventilation and the lack of a dpc then this could be the best option. It is installed in a similar way to mineral wool insulation.
If your house has a suspended timber floor on the ground floor, then a layer of insulation can be held in place under the floor between the joists. This is called under floor insulation (ufi). The first step is to remove any carpet or floor covering so that you can access and lift the floorboards to see if your home could have ufi. Before carrying out any work, a thorough inspection of all the joists and underfloor timbers should be carried out by an approved professional for signs of damp, rot or insect damage, and appropriate repairs carried out if required.
Did you know 10% of heat loss from an average home is through the ground floor?
if your property has a form of suspended wooden flooring on the ground floor, then we can help you reduce your energy bills by installing underfloor insulation. This measure helps reduce heat loss by allowing your property to hold heat more efficiently and stops any unwanted cold air passing through the floorboards. In addition, the insulation still maintains enough space to allow air circulation underneath the floorboards to prevent damp rising, therefore keeping the property dry.
How much money will i save?
floor insulation is well worth doing when combined with other types of insulation. You can make a yearly heating bill saving of up to £65. What is underfloor insulation?
we insulate floors by adding an insulating material beneath the floorboards or concrete floor, which reduces heat escaping through the floor into the ground or cellar below. Around 15% of heat is lost from a house through the floor.
In most properties about 10% of the heat generated within your property is lost through your floors, underfloor insulation allows you to minimise the loss and maintain your heat where you want it, keeping the floors warmer in the winter months. At premier connections our eco division can complete your survey to identify how the insulation measures can be implemented taking into account eligibility for the government grant scheme. Premier do all the work ensuing you have full availability of the grants that’s available to you.
The process is fairly straight forward and only take s a few hours. Our underfloor insulation comes wrapped in a breathable membrane and is installed between the joists under the floor, this allows our installers to work smarter, cleaner, and faster.
With underfloor insulation, you are not just kept warm during the winter, but your place stays cool during the summer. Underfloor insulation does not work by trapping heat, instead, it reduces the loss of heat. This results in a controlled airflow, where warm air doesn’t get in during the summer and cold air doesn’t get in during the wintertime. Your home can be thought of like a thermos flask, with underfloor insulation. It keeps the cool air cool and warm air warm. Just as a thermos flask controls the temperature of what’s inside it, your floor insulation gives more control over your home’s airflow.
What is eco?
energy company obligation (eco) is a central government energy efficiency scheme available throughout great britain. Its aim is to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty by improving the energy efficiency of homes occupied by low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households. Who funds eco?
the government has made it a requirement that the large energy suppliers provide the funding to pay for the energy efficiency improvements to your homes. The funds are passed directly to the eco providers or installers who must be a pas2030 or trustmark accredited company to be able to install energy efficiency measures in your home.