Introduction To Loft Insulation Grants
Loft Insulation grants are now available under the ECO scheme.
To qualify for any of the above grants you must be a private UK householder and in receipt of qualifying income or disability related benefit.
As long as you own or privately rent the property and it is currently being lived in and not under renovation then you should qualify for a free loft insulation grant. If you do not qualify for the free loft insulation grant then we can still arrange for an approved installer to provide you with a quote for the work.
The great thing about loft insulation grants is that they do not have to be paid back. As long as you meet the criteria and qualify, an approved installer will complete the work and then claim the grant to cover the cost of the work.
The grants are part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). Under ECO, Energy Suppliers including British Gas, E.ON, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE and EDF are obliged to pay for insulation in domestic households.
Grants Supported By
Which Benefits Qualify You For Free Loft Insulation?
Those eligible for available loft Insulation grants include those in receipt of the following benefits:
- Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Benefit*
- Carer’s Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Disability Living Allowance
- Income Support
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Universal Credit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- * Limits apply on annual household income combined
To claim a free loft insulation grant you must either privately rent a property or be a homeowner and the property must be fully occupied when surveyed. Social housing-type tenants are advised to contact their Housing Association or local council as they organise schemes of their own. However, if you own 50 percent or more of your Housing Association property, you’ll also be eligible for the grant.
To qualify for the grant, you must also have 100mm or less of loft insulation installed in your property already.
Pipework and tanks will also be lagged as part of insulation work undertaken. Additionally, draught excluders will be fitted around the access hatch and a walkway leading to the tanks will be installed, if they are more than one metre distance from the hatch. To be able to claim the free grant, the loft insulation present must cover at least 60 percent of the property, and it’s worth remembering that loft extensions commonly won’t qualify for available grant funding.
Loft Insulation FAQ's
1. The loft insulation that is currently available on the present grant schemes for UK homes is manufactured from mineral wool sometimes called glass fibre. The insulation material is rolled out in your loft on the floor first in between the joists and then across them. Essentially, the unfurled insulation acts like a blanket that effectively traps the rising heat from your home, stopping it from escaping via the roof.
2. Loft insulation can not only keep your home warmer in winter but cooler during summer months. As well as stopping heat from leaving your home loft insulation can also prevent heat from penetrating your roof and entering from above.
3. Experts advise that loft insulation should have a recommended depth of 270mm or 11 inches. As a homeowner, if your loft insulation has not been added to or refreshed in the last 15 years, you will probably find that your property will benefit from additional insulation being fitted.
4. The currently available free loft insulation grants will additionally cover the expense of insulating associated areas. This includes draught-proofing for the access hatch, and the lagging of any pipework and installing a walk-board when necessary if your home has a water tank that is situated over three feet or one metre’s distance from the access hatch.
Reasons why you won’t be able to receive loft insulation
- Over 100mm of insulation is already present.
- Access is not possible to your loft.
- Your loft space has less than four feet between the roof and joists.
- You are using loft space for storage and refuse to move items.
- Your loft is boarded, and you won’t lift the boards.
- Damp is present. Such issues must be resolved before applying.
- You want an under-floor, flat roof or sloping roof insulation.
- You plan to install the insulation yourself.
- You need a specific kind of insulation, like sheep’s wool.
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.