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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ecosave are an accredited, approved eco installer and are experts in underfloor insulation. We use only the top graded materials for our underfloor insulation work:
we exclusively use superglass multi-roll when conducting our underfloor installations:
– bre green guide rating of a+
– fire performance rating of a1 non-combustible – the highest possible rating. –thermal insulation conductivity of 0. 044w/mk
– recycled content – manufactured from up to 84% recycled glass.
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 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.