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.
It’s always advised to shop around for quotes before having any work carried out. Having a timber floor insulated professionally, including filling the gaps between the floorboards and around the skirting, depends on the size and shape of the room and the insulation material used, but typically costs around £500. The cost of insulating a concrete floor can vary greatly, especially if the concrete is removed or additional works are done, but costs will probably start around £1,000.
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.
Head to the green homes grant guide on the uk government website. From here, you can check eligibility and find home improvements. You will then be asked to complete a survey about your home and its occupants to identify what measures might be suitable. Simple energy advice will suggest options with cost estimates and the contact details of local eligible tradespeople who could carry out the work.
Apply for your green homes grant voucher from the end of september 2020 onwards. Once you have confirmation that your voucher application has been accepted, the installer/company you have chosen to provide your energy-efficient measures will deduct the voucher from your quote. They will then request and receive payment from the government for the costs covered by the voucher. More information on the grant and terms and conditions can be found on the government website.
Solid wall, underfloor, cavity wall insulation are each listed as a primary measure under the green homes grant, meaning that you’re eligible for funding of up to £5,000 for home improvements. Unless you are receiving certain government benefits , in which case you may be able to claim up to £10,000, you’ll need to contribute one-third of the cost, with the government issuing a voucher for the other two-thirds directly to the approved installation company. For more information and to find a local trader, head to the green homes grant website.
The ‘big six’ utility companies, including npower, edf and british gas, are obliged to provide funding so that those who need to can improve the efficiency of their homes. This includes grants for new boilers and insulation. As the funding is a grant, not a loan, it doesn’t need to be repaid and could cover a large part – if not all – of the cost of insulating your home.
Typically underfloor insulation might cost around £700 however many homes in the uk are eligible for government grants which could make it 100% free (subject to survey). Most benefits entitle you to a government grant, take our government funding eligibility checker now to find out if you qualify.
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.
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.
As part of the eco3 scheme, you could receive free undefloor insulation. The brand new green home grants scheme also enables all households to receive a voucher worth ⅔ the cost of installation (upto a maximum value of £5000). Here are some key details about underfloor insulation, how it can both help to make your home warmer and to reduce your energy bills.
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.
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.
Underfloor insulation is a great way to reduce energy use, save money, and make your home warmer, more comfortable, and more valuable. Underfloor insulation can commonly cost anywhere between £300 – £1200 and could save you around 15% off your energy bills. However, as ecosave are an approved eco 2020 installer, you may be eligible for a grant to cover 100% of the cost as well as making significant energy bill savings!.
Warmer kiwi homes grants can pay for 90% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation, as well as some heating options.
If your property meets certain criteria, you can qualify for a free insulation grant to cover the cost of installing underfloor insulation (ufi). Contact us today to learn more about underfloor insulation, and whether or not you qualify for the free grant. The boiler grant is non-repayable, and there are no complex terms and conditions to worry about. If you qualify you could get a new boiler (and possibly heating controls) installed at no, or minimal, cost to you. Your level of funding will be determined by your home’s current efficiency and the state of your boiler – this means an energy assessment will be required. This is completely free.
Invictus energy group has been installing high-efficiency boilers, thermostats and insulation differently for the past decade. Our mission is to become a household name nationally for boiler care. We’re doing this by helping vulnerable and low-income households by installing boilers and other innovative energy solutions under the eco3 scheme. The energy company obligation (eco) is a government energy efficiency scheme that helps reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Energy efficiency measures available through eco include cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, and boiler replacement. The scheme is designed to help save people money on their energy bills, keep homes warmer and help reduce carbon emissions.
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.