As part of the UK Governments Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme, every homeowner and private tenant in the UK is eligible to receive a grant to insulate their home. Most people are entitled to receive the work completely free of charge, as the cost of the work is paid for by the Big 6 Energy Companies.
The primary aims of the Energy Company Obligation are to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 (a requirement of the Climate Change Act 2008) and to make the UK’s housing stock more energy efficient.
Energy bills have doubled since 2004 and are projected to double again over the next 5 years*
Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation are the most cost effective Energy Saving Measures you can carry out on your property.
The average Semi-Detached House spends around £600 per annum on heating – by insulating you can save an average of £200*
The average Detached House spends around £800 per annum on heating – by insulating you can save an average of£260*
*Savings dependent upon house style and actual measures installed
Up to 25% of the heat from your home is lost through the roof, as shown in Figure 1.Most properties have on average only 100mm (4inches) of insulation in the loft. However, building regulations state that 270mm (10½inches) is required – you will receive a Grant of 75% or 100% to meet these regulations.
As well as insulating the floor of your loft, the grant also covers the cost of lagging any pipework, insulating and draught proofing the loft hatch; and fitting walk-boards if there is a water tank situated more than 1m away from the hatch.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Up to 35% of the heat from your home is lost through the cavity walls. Cavity wall insulation is suitable for most houses built between 1920 to 2000. However, it cannot be installed in properties built of stone, concrete or timber/steel framed buildings.
There are 2 types of insulation material available – Bead or Fibre. The insulation material is blown into the gap between the brick and block – this helps to keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
All of the work is undertaken by approved contractors, which are registered with the BBA and NIA. The work is also covered by a 25 year government backed CIGA guarantee.
Benefits of Insulating your home
- Reduce heat loss and save up to £365* per year on your energy bills (Source: Energy Saving Trust)
- Make your home more comfortable – insulation will make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer
- Reduce condensation problems within your home
- Increase the value of your property and make it easier to sell
- Help to protect our environment for future generations by reducing Carbon Dioxide emissions.
The photos in Figures 2 and 3 were taken just 48 hours apart (pre and post installation) and illustrate just how effective loft and cavity wall insulation are at reducing heat loss.
Figure 2: Photo taken using a thermal-imaging camera, showing heat loss through loft and walls of house (yellow and red indicate greatest areas of heat loss)
Figure 3: Photo taken after loft and cavity wall insulation had been installed in property – proving just how effective insulationis at retaining heat and therefore helping to reduce your energy bills!