Free loft insulation grants in Scotland –
Your home may qualify for free loft insulation IF you have electric or solid fuel heating OR you claim specific benefits.
Government grants for free loft insulation and cavity wall insulation in Scotland can be accessed via the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) home improvement scheme. ECO is a program which aims to lower carbon dioxide emissions by reducing the amount of heat loss in the average Scottish home. Installing effective loft insulation lowers the cost of maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home.
Up to 60% of heat you generate with your central heating escapes through the walls and roof of your house. 35% escapes through your exterior walls and around 25% escapes up through your attic and out through your roof.
Your home will probably already have loft Insulation but two thirds of homes in Scotland don’t have the recommended level, which is 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 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. Find out here if you are eligible for an ECO insulation grant.
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 your living area.
Mineral wool nsulation 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. This means 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. If your home does not have the recommended level of loft insulation your home qualifies for a Government grant. You may be able to get your loft insulation topped up for free
Applying for a loft insulation grant is a simple process. An energy surveyor will call at your home and have a quick check in your loft and fill out he forms with you.
Loft Insulation – Benefits
The main benefits of having loft insulation installed are:
- Prevents a larch percentage of the heat generated in your home escaping through your roof
- Saves money on your heating bills. Loft insulation can reduce your heating bills by up to £225 per year(more if you are off the gas grid)
- Loft Insulation reduces carbon emissions
- Loft insulation makes your home warmer during winter, and cools it in summer, getting the best of both worlds
- Improves your home’s energy performance rating
- Means less condensation p[roblems
Loft Insulation – Savings
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 up to £225 a year on heating costs.
|Loft insulation (0 to 270mm)||Detached house||Semi detached house||Mid terrace house||Detached bungalow|
|Fuel bill savings (£/year)||£225||£135||£120||£195|
|Typical installation cost*||£395||£300||£285||£375|
|Carbon dioxide savings (kgCO2/year)||990 kg||590 kg||530 kg||850 kg|
(These are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated home with three bedrooms. If you live in a larger property or heat your home using a different fuel typpe, the savings will be greater. Figures based on energy costs as of April 2017. Energy Savings Trust.)
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.
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 recommended that you check and see if you have the proper levels for heat loss prevention
How do I get Free Insulation?
Getting a free loft insulation grant in Scotland 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 in your loft.
The surveyor will then fill in a form with you and arrange an installation date for your loft insulation to be fitted.
Room in Roof Insulation
Free Room-in-roof insulation is now being offered in Scotland as part of the Government Energy Companies Obligation grant scheme. A Room-in-roof grant covers the complete cost of having all sections of your loft insulated to recommended levels.
What is a Room-in-roof ?
Many older properties were built with rooms in the loft or attic. Room-in-roof is defined as having a fixed staircase (as opposed to a ladder) into loft or attic rooms.
Free and partial insulation grants can be claimed for all of the sections surrounding any living space in your attic including sloping eaves in pitched roofs. Although to claim a grant for room in roof insulation your home and fuel type must be viable in terms of cost versus carbon savings.
How is the work carried out?
Loft insulation is normally installed by a team of two. An average three bedroomed semi detached house can be insulated in around three hours. The stages involved are as follows
Loft insulation survey
An approved surveyor will have visited you in your home before the work starts to take some measurements and photographs. They will then draw a plan of your loft. This will include the loft hatch and any health and safety concerns.
Arranging the install
The plan will then be passed to an approved insulation installer in your part of Scotland. They will contact you by telephone to arrange a convenient date for the work to be carried out.
Fiting the insulation
Rolls of mineral wool loft insulation are then fitted into your attic to the recommended level. This should only take two or three hours, depending on the size of your loft
After the the insulation is fitted the installer will tidy the work area to a high standard.
When you are happy with the installation you will be asked to “sign off” the install. Loft insulation is guaranteed for 40 years.
Finding an approved insulation installer in Scotland
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 surveyor will check to see if you already have any in your attic and advise if you are eligible for a free Government loft insulation grant.