If you’re looking for information on getting government grants for insulation you’re in the right place. Installing insulation is energy-efficient, helps keep heat in your home and can reduce your energy costs.
How to get government help for insulation
You can get help towards paying for insulation such as loft and cavity wall insulation under the ECO Scheme. In conjunction with the scheme, certain energy suppliers will offer free insulation depending on the potential advantages insulation will have on your home and, what government benefits you’re currently receiving.
Benefits that qualify for insulation grants
You may be able to get funding for insulation if you or someone you live with receives of one or more of the following government benefits:
- Armed forces independence payment
- Attendance allowance
- Carer’s allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Disability living allowance
- Income support
- Income-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
- Income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
- Industrial injuries disablement allowance
- Industrial injuries disablement benefit
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit Element
- Personal independence allowance
- Personal independence payment
- Severe disablement allowance
- Universal Credit*
- War pensions mobility supplement
- Working tax credit
- Child benefit dependant on income & dependants
*Universal Credit combines Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Working Tax Credit.
Energy suppliers that offer free insulation
Here are the energy providers that may be able to get free insulation for your home. And don’t worry if you’re not a customer, under the ECO Scheme you may still be eligible
Types of insulation
Insulation is a great way to keep the heat in and prevent chilly winds from entering your home. Here are some of the most popular types of insulation in use in the UK today:
- Loft insulation - according to the Energy Saving Trust, an insulated loft could save you around £215 every year
- Cavity wall and solid wall insulation - about a third of all heat is lost through the walls in your home. Insulation should see similar numbers knocked off your energy bills.
- Insulation for your hot water tank - fitting a cylinder jacket to your hot water tank could save you around £80 per year say sources from the Energy Saving Trust
- Using a draught excluder or draught-proofing - this should also help keep the warmth in and the bonus is you can make your own using old clothes and unused bits of fabric. EcoFrenzy says this could save you between £25-50 per year on your energy bills.
Buying insulation products
If you have to buy your own insulation materials, look out for the blue and white Energy Saving Trust logo. This should give you peace of mind that the products you’re getting meet UK building regulations and have been properly quality tested.
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