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.
Now your home is ready for an air or ground source heat pump, you can apply for the rhi. Because you will have used the green homes grant to install insulation, it will not reduce the amount you receive from the rhi. This fabric first approach means that you can benefit from up to £5000 from the green homes grant for improvements you were likely to make and the full rhi heat pump tariff over a 7-year period!.
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.
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.
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.
Insulating under floorboards on the ground floor will save you about £60 a year, older homes are more likely to have suspended timber floors. You don’t need to insulate the floors of upstairs rooms in your house if they’re above heated spaces, like your living room. You should consider insulating any floors that are above unheated spaces, 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.
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.
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.
Invictus energy group has been installing high-efficiency boilers, thermostats and insulation differently for the past decade. Our mission is to become a household name nationally for boiler care. We’re doing this by helping vulnerable and low-income households by installing boilers and other innovative energy solutions under the eco3 scheme. The energy company obligation (eco) is a government energy efficiency scheme that helps reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Energy efficiency measures available through eco include cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, and boiler replacement. The scheme is designed to help save people money on their energy bills, keep homes warmer and help reduce carbon emissions.
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.