Introduction To Cavity Wall Insulation Grants
If you’re in receipt of a qualifying benefit, completely free cavity wall insulation grants are currently available that will cover the whole expense of a professional cavity wall insulation installation. However, as well as receiving a qualifying benefit the property fitted for insulation must also be occupied while rented or privately owned when the survey is conducted.
The grant of funding for insulation is linked to the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) programme which was once part of the UK Government’s own Green Deal Energy Efficiency scheme. The newly available grants, however, come from main energy suppliers like British Gas, E-ON and Npower and do not require repayment.
With energy costs continually increasing, cavity wall insulation is among one of the most efficient ways to cut your home heating bills. Cavity walls that don’t have insulation in place can result in 35 percent of the heat produced in properties escaping. Typically, cavity wall insulation can save you around £145 every year.
These 100 percent grants are subject to a survey. Although in most cases this assessment is entirely free, depending on the energy efficiency and size of your property, you may be asked for a small payment as a contribution.
Grants Supported By
Will I qualify for free cavity wall insulation?
Those entitled to free cavity wall insulation grants include individuals who receive the following state benefits:
- Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Benefit*
- Child Tax Credit
- Carer’s Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- Universal Credit
* Limits will apply regarding combined annual household income
Additional criteria demands that you own the property being insulated or rent it through a private landlord. Residents who are Council or Housing Association tenants must contact these authorities directly. An exception to this is Housing Association tenants who own at least 50 percent of the properties they live in.
Properties to be insulated must not be undergoing renovations or be vacant. As well as being occupied the property’s walls requiring installation must represent at least 60 percent of the total property size. As a rule, extensions to homes will not typically qualify for a cavity wall insulation grant.
What is involved in cavity wall insulation?
The majority of UK properties built using brick from the year 1924 to 1982 will likely have a dedicated cavity located between two distinct layers of brick wall, or between block and brick that was never filled with any form of insulation when the house was originally constructed.
Since the year 1982, a change in building regulations has required that insulation should always be installed within the cavity during construction. Prior to 1924, building methods employed were commonly built without any cavity at all.
Despite regulations, many homes constructed after 1982 had no cavity wall insulation fitted either, but providing the home was erected before 2005, the grant can offer help to have it installed retrospectively.
The common material used by modern installers for cavity wall installation is either mineral wool, also known as glass fibre, that has been shredded or beads manufactured from man-made polystyrene. Both options have proved effective insulators, stopping up to 35 percent of heat being released from the walls of homes.
Substantial savings are waiting to be enjoyed by homeowners selecting a cavity wall insulation installation. A reduction of around £145 on annual energy bills is possible while decreasing the release of harmful carbon emissions into the environment.
Apply For Your Free Insulation Grant
Following your successful application, we will arrange a free, no obligation survey to ensure the maximum grant is obtained and advise you on the best products to reduce your homes energy usage.
Reasons why you won’t be eligible to receive free cavity wall insulation
- Your privately owned or rented property was constructed before 1924 or since 2005.
- The walls of your home already have cavity wall insulation in place.
- You are living in an apartment and do not have permission from your neighbours either below or above.
- There are noticeable signs of damp issues either outside or inside on the walls of your home.
- The property where you live is made of concrete, stone or has a steel or timber framework.
- Your property’s ventilation is insufficient, and a vent is unable to be installed.