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.
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.
Once you’ve decided which improvements to have installed, we recommend getting three quotes from trustmark registered businesses to make sure you’re getting the best value for money. However, you only need one quote from a green homes grant registered installer in order to apply for a voucher. You will need to provide a copy of the quote when you apply. If the quote seems unreasonably high, the scheme administrator may request that you provide another quote.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Insulating under your floorboards is a real walkover when it comes to saving on your energy bills. With easy measures to stop heat escaping through walls and roofs, it makes perfect sense to also look to insulate your ground level floorboards. Savings of up to £120 annualy possible for timber floor insulation. All types of properties can benefit from underfloor insulation. 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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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.