Free cavity wall insulation in Edinburgh
Claim a free government cavity wall insulation grant for your Edinburgh home through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
As part of ECO many Edinburgh home owners, landlords and private tenants qualify for home insulation grants. the free wall insulation scheme 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.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Around 35% of heat in the average home is lost through the outer walls of the house. This means that a large chunk of the money you spend on heating your home is being lost through your walls. Cavity wall insulation acts as barrier to the cold air outside. It helps you mantain a comfortable temperature in your rooms at a lower cost. Installing effective insulation also improves your property’s energy rating and helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The table below shows the cost of cavity wall insulation and annual financial and carbon savings in gas heated properties in the Edinburgh area. It is worth bearing in mind that the savings will be greater in larger properties and in homes where mains gas is not the main heating source. If you qualify you will receive a 100% grant which covers the cost of installation. The initial home survey is free.
How much can you save?
|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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Cavity 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.
How do I get free cavity wall Insulation?
Getting free cavity wall insulation in Edinburgh 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.
Effective home insulation is one of the most simple and effective ways to save energy and money at home. The main benefits of having home insulation installed are –
- Saves money on your heating bills
- Reduces carbon emissions
- 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 Government funded wall insulation grants
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.
What about 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.
What is loft insulation?
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 makes 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.
Finding an approved insulation installer in the Edinburgh area
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 free Government cavity wall insulation grant.