Grants for free cavity wall insulation and loft insulation in the Preston area 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. 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
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 27mm, 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
Who is eligible for free insulation in the Preston 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 claimants
If you claim regular child benefit you may also get an ECO cavity grant if your household income falls into one of the categories in the table below.
|ECO Eligibility||Number of children <16 or <20 in Full Time Education|
|1||2||3||4 or more|
|Member of a