Free cavity wall insulation grants in Dundee
Free cavity wall insulation grants in Dundee have been reintroduced as part of a new home energy saving insulation grant scheme. Currently loft and cavity wall insulation is free for everyone in Dundee for a limited period if they meet the ECO grant criteria.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is designed to tackle carbon emissions and fuel poverty. If you claim benefits or Tax credits you may be entitled to home insulation free of charge. his depends on the property type you live in.
If you live in a larger property or off the gas grid in the Dundee and Angus area you should qualify for wall insulation regardless of your income status.
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.
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.
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 Dundee is lost through the outer walls of the house. Under the current Government Insulation Grants Scheme, hundreds of thousands of Scottish and UK 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. Cavity 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 by installing insulation?
|Detached||Semi detached||Mid terrace||Bungalow||Flat|
|Fuel bill savings (£/year)||£225||£150||£95||£105||£70|
|Typical installation cost||£720||£475||£370||£430||£330|
|Payback time||5 Years or fewer|
|Carbon dioxide savings (kgCO2/year)||1,120 kg||670 kg||410 kg||450 kg||310 kg|
|These are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated home. The average installed cost is unsubsidised. Figures are based on fuel prices as of April 2017.
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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
- it is more than ten years old
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 Wall Insulation?
Getting a free insulation grant in Dundee and the UK is a straightforward process. You can arrange an appointment with an authorised Energy Grants Surveyor 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.
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 lkater 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.
Areas we cover
Scottish Energy Grants can provide you with a free home survey throughout the Dundee and Angus area :
- Forfar, the county town and administrative centre.
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.