Free loft & cavity wall insulation grants in Dumfries
Get cavity wall insulation grants in the Dumfries area as part of the Government home energy saving insulation grant scheme. Loft insulation & cavity wall insulation are free for everyone in Dumfries for a limited period if your home meets the ECO grant criteria.
Installing cavity wall insulation is like putting a coat on your house. The insulation keeps the heat in, meaning that you can have your central heating on for less time, or turn in down to a lower level. This costs you less in gas / fuel bills and reduces harmful emissions which are released into the environment. Cavity wall insulation also keeps your home cooler in the summer.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is designed to tackle carbon emissions and fuel poverty.
The cavity wall insulation that is installed through the wall insulation grant scheme a man made fibre similar to loft insulation, but finely chopped so as to fit in between your walls. It is moisture proof and cannot pass dampness from your exterior wall to the interior wall via the cavity.
Cavity Wall Insulation – Benefits
Cavity Wall Insulation stops heat escaping out through the walls of your home. Around 35% of heat in the average home in Scotland and the UK is lost through the outer walls of the house. Under the current Government insulation grants scheme, hundreds of thousands of Scottish homeowners, landlords and private tenants qualify for a grant for cavity wall insulation.
If your home was built after 1920, it probably has walls with a gap or cavity between them. Wall insulation fills that gap, keeping the warmth in to save energy. It can also help reduce condensation inside the house if this is a problem on your external walls.
How much can you save?
Homes with cavity wall insulation can save up to £275.00 per year on energy bills. If you install loft insulation it can mean another £175 off your heating bills.
These are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms. If you live in a larger property in the Dumfries and Galloway area or are off the gas grid you will save even more. Energy Savings Trust.
Is cavity wall insulation suitable for your house?
Your house will usually be suitable for cavity wall insulation if:
- its external walls are unfilled cavity walls
- your cavity is at least 50mm wide
- the masonry is in good condition
Do I already have Cavity Wall Insulation?
If you think you already have Cavity Wall Insulation it is recommended that you ask an authorised Insulation Surveyor to check. It is a simple process. Fill in the Insulation Enquiry Form for more information.
How do I get Free cavity wall Insulation?
Getting a free insulation grant in Dumfries and Galloway is a straightforward process. You can arrange an appointment with an approved insulation assessor by entering your details in the Insulation Grant Enquiry Form opposite.
A certified and approved insulation surveyor will then contact you to arrange a cavity wall survey. This involves drilling a small hole in your external wall and looking inside with a boroscope to see if your walls have a cavity and if they already have insulation.
The surveyor will then fill out a grant application and the cavity wall insulation company will then come and fill your walls.
Heat loss in a home without adequate loft insulation or wall insulation
If you do not have adequate insulation in your walls or roof your home is losing heat – In an uninsulated home 25% of heat is lost through the roof, and around 35% escapes through the outer walls. This means that a huge percentage of your heating costs are being wasted.
By insulationg your property you can save £100’s each year on unnecessarily high fuel bills. Your home will be easier to keep warm and you will be helping the environment by reducing carbon emissions.
Government Free Loft Insulation Grant Scheme
Your home will probably already have Loft Insulation but two thirds of homes in Scotland and the UK don’t have the recommended level, 270mm or 11 Inches. This is the level of loft insulation needed to stop severe heat loss in the average home.
It is common to assume that your home has effective loft insulation when you are actually spending a fortune on high gas and electricity bills
If your loft is not insulated properly, you are probably losing 25% of heat through your roof. Government grants for loft insulation are currently available for all home owners, landlords and private tenants in Scotland who meet the criteria for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Funding.
What is loft insulation?
Loft insulation is essential. Heat rises in your home and escapes quickly through your loft or attic and out the roof.. This costs us all a fortune as we try to keep our houses warm. Loft insulation make it increasingly difficult for heat to pass through the roof, trapping the escaping heat and effectively “keeping it in”.
The insulation is placed between and across the joists in your loft, and gives you a protective, sealed area in the home, which stays warm for longer. meaning it costs less to heat your home as your central heating or fire can be on for less time.
In most cases the insulation installation process takes less than two hours to complete, depending on the amount of loft insulation needed. Loft insulation is guaranteed for 40 years.
The main benefits of having loft insulation installed are:
- Saves money on your heating bills
- Loft Insulation reduces carbon emissions
- Insulation makes your home warmer during winter, and cools it in summer, getting the best of both worlds
- Increases your home’s energy performance rating, making it cheaper to run.
Insulating your loft is a simple and effective way to stop that waste and reduce the amount you spend on heating your home. Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years, and it will save you around £175 a year on heating costs These figures are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms.
If you heat your home with an alternative fuel type or live in a larger detached house, your annual savings will increase. Effective home insulation is one of the most simple and effective ways to save energy and money.
Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation grants are available as part of the UK Government backed initiative to reduce harmful emissions being released into the environment.
A qualified and government approved insulation grants surveyor will come and give your home a quick check to ensure it’s suitable, and fill in the grant application form. You your free insulation will be installed a short time later, simple.
What if I already have Loft Insulation?
If you already have loft insulation it is best that you check and see if you have the recommended levels for heat loss prevention. You should have 270mm (11inches) in your attic. If you have any less than this your loft is not insulated correctly.
How do I get Free Insulation?
Getting an insulation grant in Dumfries is a straightforward process. You can arrange an appointment with an authorised Energy Grants Surveyor by entering your details in the Insulation grant form opposite. An insulation surveyor will then contact you to arrange a loft insulation survey. He will check to see if your you have the recommended level of insulation.
The surveyor will then fill in a form with you and arrange an installation date for your free insulation to be fitted.
Areas we cover
Scottish Energy Grants provide free home insulation surveys and access to cavity wall and loft insulation grants throughout the Dumfries and Galloway area.