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.
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 ‘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.
Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation grants are accessible in scotland through the government eco energy efficiency scheme. Currently wall insulation and loft insulation are free for a limited period if your home is suitable. To be eligible for an insulation grant you must live in a property which has enough “carbon savings” to meet the cost of the home improvement. Alternatively your property may qualify if you claim benefits or tax credits.
Insulation helps keep your home feeling cosy as well as cutting your energy bills. But it’s pricey to install, so it’s worth finding out whether you qualify for a grant to help with the cost of installing insulation in your home. Some energy companies offer free insulation or grants to help you make your home more energy efficient, thanks to the government’s energy company obligation (eco) scheme.
Insulation grants are part of the energy company obligation (eco); a government scheme funded by utility companies including the ‘big six’. These grants help low income households in england, scotland and wales (unfortunately this grant isn’t available in northern ireland, to access funding for insulation in northern ireland you need to contact nidirect government services ) to become more energy efficient and lower heating bills. Eligible households can apply for a grant to install insulation grant using a registered insulation installer.
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.
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.
Underfloor insulation can be performed in properties that have suspended timber floors. This measure is often overlooked as many homes believe they do not have the underfloor space or access to effectively install it. It’s for this reason that many companies do not offer this as an insulation measure. We are particularly proud of our underfloor process that lets more homes take advantage of this cost-effective, energy-saving measure. We have developed a new way of preparing insulation, wrapped in a breathable membrane, we can now manufacture this into more practical rolls. Because of this innovation, we can reach depths of only 500mm whereas before a minimum space of 1 metre was required.
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.
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.
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.
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.