Looking for free cavity wall insulation in the Glasgow area?
Scottish Energy Grants can help you get get free cavity wall insulation for your home in Glasgow and surrounding areas including Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire & Dunbartonshire.
As part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) home owners, landlords and private tenants qualify for insulation grants to ensure that homes meet the current recommended levels for cavity wall and loft insulation. (The government, along with the major utility companies, have allocated funding to address carbon emissions in domestic and commercial properties. Insulation grants of 100% are available for those who meet the grant criteria.)
ECO is a Government backed energy efficiency scheme designed to address fuel poverty and carbon emissions. There are two ways to qualify for a 100% insulation grant in the Glasgow area –
- If you live in a larger property or your home is off the mains gas grid (detached or larger semi detached houses)
- If you claim specific benefits or tax credits (see below)
Who qualifies for free insulation?
If you live in an which is off the main gas grid and your home is heated by electric, coal or LPG, the chances are that you will qualify for free loft or wall insulation. The same applies to detached properties which are heated by mains gas.
Unfortunately if you live in a council house or rent from a housing association you can not apply. Local authorities in Glasgow currently have their own energy efficiency targets to meet with regards to housing stock.
What if I claim benefits or tax credits?
Affordable Warmth is a different route you can take to claim an insulation grant. This is aimed at households which are deemed to live in “fuel poverty.” The Government has instructed energy suppliers that a certain percentage of all measures installed under the scheme must be for households in this category. This includes providing free loft and cavity wall insulation to households in Glasgow and surrounding areas
You must be in receipt of one of the following benefits to apply for a grant:
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
If you claim Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit your income must be below a certain threshold to qualify for free insulation:
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.
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.
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.
What if I already have Loft Insulation?
Most homes in Scotland 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.
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.
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.
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.
(These are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms. The installed cost includes a subsidy of around £250 available from the major energy suppliers under the Energy Company Obligation
How do I get free insulation?
Scottish Energy Grants provide access to Government grants throughought Scotland from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. Getting a free cavity insulation grant in Glasgow is a straightforward process. You can arrange an appointment with an authorised domestic energy assessor by entering your details in the Grant Enquiry Form