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.
In order to apply for the green homes grant scheme you need to:
use the simple energy advice website to check if you are eligible for the scheme and which energy-efficient or low-carbon heating improvements are suitable for your home. Choose a local installer that meets the grant’s requirements. The simple energy advice website provides a list of tradespeople in your area.
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 ‘grant’ situation for insulation in ireland can be a bit confusing in that there’s no a one stop shop , a portal to go where all your questions regading insulation and grants can be answered in one ‘fell swoop’. The simplest answer we can give when we’re asked “what grants can i get?” is “it depends”. “depends on what?” you may ask. It depends on the applicant, whether they are an oap , a home owner, a landlord, a developer etc and then the building itself and what works are proposed can also have a signficant bearing on what grant support you can claim.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First time installation and top ups
heat melcombe regis are happy to offer residents of melcombe regis, weymouth and other areas of dorset grants towards the cost of loft, underfloor and cavity wall insulation. did you know that the recommended depth of loft insulation is now 300mm / 12 inches – so it is well worth checking your insulation even if you think that you have sufficient.
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.
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.
90% off the price of insulation and heat pumps
energy efficiency conservation authority (eeca) insulation and new heating subsidies covering 90% of the cost are available now for low-income homeowners (owner-occupiers), the programme excludes landlords. Homeowners with community services cards, or living in an area deemed as lower-income are now eligible for grants covering up to 90% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation and well as 90% off the cost of a heat pump.
The first thing you need to understand is whether your home is suitable for underfloor insulation. This depends upon the kind of floors you have in your home: –
older home with suspended floors – these generally lose the most heat ● solid (concrete) floors – these can be insulated but it can be very costly and requires considerable work
modern houses – these tend to incorporate slabs of polystyrene insulation a few inches below the concrete floor surface, effectively reducing this type of heat loss.
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.
The first is the eco scheme. This is something that the government has put in place to check that energy companies are doing all they can to make sure people’s homes are efficient and that they’re not wasting too much energy. Under the eco scheme, large energy providers should offer grants to improve the energy efficiency of households that are low performing or to families who are on a low income. With the scheme, you could receive free cavity wall insulation, free loft insulation or a brand new boiler at a subsidised rate. For a full list of providers who take part in the eco scheme, see here.