Loft insulation & Cavity Wall Insulation Grants

Free loft insulation grants 2014

Free Loft Insulation Grants

Free Loft Insulation

Government grants for free loft insulation and cavity wall insulation are again available in England, Scotland and Wales.

With many homes in the UK still falling short of the required levels of  loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, a new Government home energy grant scheme which provides financial help to install energy saving measures including free home insulation products is now active.

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is designed to save energy and help to meet the rising cost of domestic gas and electric bills. The grant scheme is Government-led and is being funded by the major energy companies (British Gas, NPower, Eon, SSE, EDF & Scottish Power).

Why Install Loft Insulation?

Loft insulation stops heat escaping from your house through your attic and roof. With no loft insulation approximately 25% of the warmth your heating generates is lost through the roof, and around 35% escapes through the outer walls. Installing home insulation reduces energy costs by containing  warmth in your home. This can save you several £100’s each year by lowering  unnecessarily high heating bills.

You will also be helping the environment by reducing the Carbon Dioxide emissions which are released by your central heating system.

Benefits of insulating your home

  • Insulating your roof and walls in can save upwards of £500 per year by lowering your heating bills. (These are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated, detached home with three bedrooms.) Energy Savings Trust
  • Loft and wall  insulation keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Installed for free if you qualify for a Government grant, saving you another £700
  • Both loft and cavity wall insulation adds value to your property
  • Home insulation provides you with an updated Home Energy Report & Energy Performance  Certificate

What is Loft Insulation?

Loft insulation is a man-made fiber which is placed between and over the joists in your loft or attic. This prevents heat escaping through your roof which means that your home retains warmth. In turn, this means a reduction in domestic energy bills as it costs less to heat your home as your central heating or fire can be on for less time or set at a lower level.

What Materials are used to insulate a loft / attic?

The three main types of loft insulation materials used in Britain are

  • mineral wool quilt
  • blown mineral wool
  • blown cellulose fiber

All three are suitable for general insulation including topping up existing loft insulation.

Insulating your loft hatch
Cold air in your loft can sometimes come through your loft hatch into your home. Your loft hatch will also be fitted with insulating strips to avoid this.
Pipes & water tanks
Insulating your loft will keep your house warmer but your attic will be colder so it is important not to forget to insulate your pipes and any water tanks. As part of the ECO insulation grant scheme all of your pipes and water tanks in your loft are insulated as a matter of course.

Free insulation for pensioners

Many Pensioners & over 60′s now qualify for free insulation. New Government grants mean that many elderly people again qualify for free loft insulation or cavity wall insulation.In addition, there are new grants which may mean getting a new central heating boiler replacement for free at the same time. Grants for Pensioners.

Free insulation grants are also available for many in receipt of benefits. THE ECO grant scheme is designed to help families on low incomes.

If you are in receipt of Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits, Income Support and many other benefits you may qualify for free loft insulation, cavity wall insulation or a replacement boiler. Find out if you qualify here – Grant Qualification.

Loft Insulation FAQ’s

What is loft insulation made of?
Loft insulation is made from natural rock mineral wool fibre. It is completely fireproof and moisture proof and actually improves the fire safety of your attic and home.
How long does loft insulation take to install?
In most cases  installers take less than two hours to complete the installation, depending on the amount of loft insulation needed. The current recommended level for most roofs and buildings is 270mm (11 Inches).
Who installs free loft insulation?
Free loft insulation and cavity wall insulation are installed by accredited  companies recommended and verified by Government authorities.

Applying for a Government insulation grant

The process for claiming free home energy grant is quite simple. Leave a few details about your home and heating etc. This will only take a few minutes. You will then be contacted by a Home Energy Grant Assessor who will arrange a time to visit you and discuss the grants which are available to you

  • Loft or cavity wall Survey
    If you qualify for free Government insulation the verified Energy Grant Assessor will contact you, usually within 24 hours, to arrange a quick visit to your home. He /She will check a few things like the depth of any existing loft insulation if you have any. Should you require cavity wall insulation he will check inside your walls to see if your walls are already insulated.
  • Free Insulation Grant Form
    The next stage is to fill in a few details on a Government grant application form. the Surveyor will advise you on this. It is a straightforward form and you are only asked to provide a few details including some information about your home and your energy supplier etc.You should have any verification documents ready. You will be told what you need during the initial telephone conversation when the home insulation survey is arranged.
  • Installation
    The Surveyor will then call the recommended insulation company for your area to arrange a date for your free loft insulation to be installed. Insulation installed via the Government grant scheme is industry standard and comes with the usual manufacturers guarantees and safety checks.

Did You Know?
The ancient Egyptians were the first known people to use home insulation. The Romans and Greeks also constructed buildings with a gap between two stone walls to allow warm air, produced by fires inside the building, to circulate within the sealed cavity. This provided a natural barrier from the cold.

Buildings were  insulated during the Middle Ages in Europe & the UK  by fitting pieces of cloth between the walls to form a protective layer.

Rockwool insulation is made from natural volcanic rock so is completely fireproof and adds to the overall safety of your home.


Additional Information / Downloads relating to Government Energy Grants All Green Deal & ECO installers are verified by Government authorities – Green Deal ECO Installer Guidance