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.
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.
The green homes grant is a government scheme where homeowners can apply for vouchers to cover up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying energy-efficient or low carbon home improvements. The grant encourages the installation of two main primary measures: insulation (to improve the fabric and efficiency of the building) and low carbon heating systems, which includes air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.