Free cavity wall and loft insulation grants in Edinburgh
Claim a Government loft insulation or cavity wall insulation grant for your Edinburgh home through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
As part of ECO Edinburgh home owners, landlords and private tenants qualify for home insulation grants. ECO is designed to ensure that homes meet the current recommended levels for cavity wall and loft insulation. Providing you meet the grant eligibility criteria your home may qualify for free cavity wall insulation or / and loft insulation.
The UK government, along with the major utility companies, have allocated funding to address carbon emissions in domestic properties. Insulation grants of 100% are available for those who qualify.
Scottish Energy Grants can arrange a free home insulation survey in the Edinburgh and surrounding areas including West Lothian, East Lothian & MidLothian. Contact us to find out if you are eligible and we can arrange all the necessary paperwork for your Government grant.
But is it Really Free? Surely there must be a Catch?
There is no catch. The UK Government have pledged internationally to reduce carbon emissions.
Therefore they MUST address energy and heat loss in the home. as long as you meet the grant criteria
it is completely free.
Effective home insulation (loft insulation and cavity wall insulation) is one of the most simple and effective ways to save energy and money at home, you can now have your loft insulated or topped up for free.
The main benefits of having loft insulation installed are:
- Saves money on your heating bills
- Reduces carbon emissions
- Loft insulation makes your home warmer during winter, and cools it in summer, getting the best of both worlds
- Increase your home’s energy performance rating, making it cheaper to run
- Millions of homes in the UK are entitled to a Government funded loft insulation grant.
Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation
Insulating your loft and walls 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, While Cavity Wall Insulation can save you around £135 each year, and comes with a guarantee of 25 years.
How do I get Free Insulation?
Getting a free insulation grant in the UK is a straightforward process. You can arrange an appointment with an authorised Energy Grants Surveyor in your area by entering your details in the Insulation Grant Enquiry Form
What if I already have Loft Insulation?
Most homes in the UK will already have some level of Loft Insulation. But approximately two thirds do not have the recommended level, which is 270mm or 11 Inches. It is common to assume that your home has effective insulation when you are actually wasting money on unnecessarily high gas and electric bills.
How do I know if my walls need insulated?
Your home will usually be suitable for cavity wall insulation if it is over ten years old and its external walls are unfilled cavity walls. In some cases houses are built without a cavity so it m ay be necessary for the Energy Surveyor to have a quick check by means of a boroscope inspection. They will drill a small hole in your external wall to see if your walls are hollow or filled.
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 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.
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.
Wall Insulation FAQ’s
Is my home suitable for cavity wall insulation?
If your house was built between the 1920’s and the 1990’s it is likely that your exterior walls have a double skin of bricks with have a cavity, or gap, between them. Houses built before this period were built with solid stone. Any residential properties built later than ths are likely to have insulation already installed.
If your home was constructed using solid walls, or has a timber frame, it is not suitable for cavity wall insulation.
What material is used to insulate walls?
There are three main types of materials used to insulate walls. Polystyrene beads, mineral wool fibre and foam insulant. Although all three are manufactured to British building standards foam is rarely used now to insulate residential properties.
How can I tell if my walls have a cavity?
You can tell the type of walls you have either by measuring the thickness of the wall near the door. If it is 260mm or more then you probably have a cavity. Another waqy is to look at the pattern of the bricks on your walls. The diagram below shows how cavity walls have a regular brick pattern so as to leave a gap in between the brick leafs. Solid walls have an alternative pattern as no space is required in between the bricks.
Finding an approved insulation installer
If you are unsure whether your home is suitable for wall insulation let us know and we can arrange a free no obligation survey with an approved energy assessor. The assessor will drill a small hole in one of your elevations. By using specialised camera equipment called a borescope the surveyor will check to see if you already have insulation in your walls and advise if you are eligible for a Government insulation grant.