Free cavity wall insulation and loft insulation in the Fort William area
100% grants can be claimed through the Government backed Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO).
As part of the international collaboration to reduce carbon emissions, ECO provides home owners and private tenants with 100% grants for free cavity wall insulation and loft insulation for households in the Fort William area. In some cases properties may also qualify for replacement boilers and floor insulation.
Effective home insulation is widely considered to be the most effective method of preventing heat loss in your home. In addition to helping the environment, improving the energy efficiency of your property can also reduce your heating costs by up to 60%.
Is your home losing heat?
Recent changes to building regulations mean that new build properties must be built with energy efficiency in mind. However many older properties(pre 2003) do not have the recommended levels of insulation.
This means that up to 60% of the heat you generate is escaping through your walls and roof. This can be very expensive during the cold winter months.
This is why the government has encouraged the energy companies to provide funding to help millions of families insulate their homes.
Cavity wall insulation
Up to 35% of the heat in your home escapes through the outer walls. Cavity wall insulation designed to prevent this by filling the gap or cavity in between the bricks.
The material used in 2020 is polystyrene beads which have a low thermal transfer quality. This means that it is harder for the heat to escape.
The insulation is not water retentive and is installed with a light adhesive which bonds it together. So if you need to carry out some DIY or other building work it wont fall out of your walls.
Is cavity wall insulation suitable for your home?
If your house was built before the 1920’s it will either have solid brick or stone walls. If it was constructed later than this there’s is a high likelyhood it willhave a cavity in between the outer walls. A surveyor can confirm this by carrying out a borescope inspection.
Why should I get cavity wall insulation in my home?
- It improves the energy efficiency rating of your home
- Cavity wall insulation is kind on the environment
- Reduces heating costs and lowers energy bills
- It keeps your home warm and makes it more comfortable
- Its free with a government insulation grant
- Wall insulation adds value to your property
Cavity wall Insulation FAQ’s
- What is cavity wall insulation?
Cavity wall insulation is an insulant which is placed in between the inner and outer brick walls of a house. This helps to keep the heat in and can reduce energy bills by around 35%
- Is my home suitable for wall insulation?
If your home was built after the 1920’s there is a good chance it is suitable unless it is a timber framed or solid wall construction.
- How is cavity wall insulation installed?
CWI is normally installed externally by drilling small holes in the outer walls and injecting in damp proof polystyrene along with a light adhesive. Foam and mineral wool are not normally used to insulate walls in 2020. The holes are then sealed and rendered to match the existing look of the property
Hot air rises and an estimated 25% of heat escapes through your attic and roof. Loft insulation works by placing mineral wool in between the joists in your attic. Most properties have partial loft insulation but many attics are not insulated properly.
The recommended level of loft insulation is 270mm, which is around 11 inches.
Why should I get loft insulation installed in my attic?
- Loft insulation prevents heat escaping through your roof
- It helps reduce energy bills
- Insulating your loft helps keep your home warm
- It reduces harmful emissions and helps the environment
- Its free if you qualify for a government grant
Loft insulation FAQ’s
- What is the difference between roof insulation and loft insulation?
Roof insulation is the term which is normally used to describe any insulation materials which are placed on the rafters on sloping part of a pitched roof. Loft insulation is placed in between the joists on your attic floor. This helps prevent the heat escaping out your living area through the ceiling
- What is the recommended thickness for loft insulation?
According to the most recent building guidelines mineral wool insulation should be 270mm or around 11 inches
- What if I already have some loft insulation?
Most properties will have type of insulation already fitted in their attic. However many do dont meet the required thickness levels because of the changes in building advice. If you already have some there is no need to remove it we can just top it up to the correct thickness
Who is eligible for free insulation in the Fort William area?
Local authority housing associations have their own guidance on improving the energy efficiency of their housing stock. The ECO insulation grant scheme is for home owners and those in the private rent sector who are deemed to live in fuel poverty.
To qualify for a 100% grant a member of the household must receive one of the following benefits –
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income based)
- Attendance Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Tax Credits (Child & Working Tax Credit)
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Benefit
More about the Government free insulation scheme
Government grants for free insulation and replacement boilers are available to people who live in the Fort William area. The scheme is called the Energy Company Obligation or ECO. ECO is part of the worldwide effort to reduce carbon emissions and improve our carbon footprint.
Every time you turn your heating on you are generating harmful emissions. If your home is insulated correctly you can have your boiler or heating on for a shorter period of time.
Home insulation is the most effective way of preventing heat escaping from your house – therefore it costs less money to maintain a comfortable temperature.
By providing grants for free insulation, the Government, along with the major energy providers, are doing their bit to help the worldwide effort to live a little greener. More info on climate change can be found here – Climate Change Act 2008.