Under the government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO) recipients of certain benefits could receive a free grant towards loft insulation. If you receive any of the below benefits you may well be eligible for the scheme:
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Universal credit
- Pension Guarantee Credit.
It is important to note that there are other criteria to meet (such as your current home status and income level) but the best place to start is to fill in our simple online form as this will tell you if you might be eligible for the grant or not.
Who funds the scheme for these insulation grants?
The scheme is funded by the Big Six energy companies and, as well as helping you keep your home warm, it helps the government meet its energy saving targets. Improving home insulation for low income households also helps to reduce the amount of wasted energy from heat that escapes through roofs and walls. This should reduce the impact your heating has on the environment and lower your bills.
Are there any costs involved?
Even with a grant, the loft insulation isn't guaranteed to be free. While in some cases you can get a 100% grant making it completely cost free, you may have to make a contribution towards the cost of the work. It's also important to note that because it's a grant you would never pay a penny of it back.
How to apply for a loft insulation grant
To find out if you qualify, you simply need to fill in this quick form. If it looks like you could qualify we'll give you a call and talk you through the rest of the process.
Why should you get loft insulation?
Do you know how much heat you lose from your home? It could be a lot. Several hundred pounds worth, in fact! If your house isn't properly insulated, you could be throwing money away, month after month, year after year.
The good news is that loft insulation is an easy fix. And now, with free or low cost loft insulation available, there's no reason why you can't cut your energy bills down to size.
Loft insulation is a quick solution, but the benefits last and last. Effective loft insulation remains one of the most cost effective ways of keeping heat in and energy bills down. And the benefits can last 40 years or more.
How much money can it save?
Heat from your home can escape through the walls, through poorly fitting window seals and about a quarter of all heat gets lost through the roof. So it's a no brainer - insulate your attic and you could significantly reduce your heating bill. In fact, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average detached house in the UK could save around £250 per year.
Loft insulation materials are more efficient and compact than ever so you can still use your attic space for storage if you want to. The loft insulation material will be packed above and in the spaces between the loft joists to create a heat bridge, effectively keeping a lot more of the heat in your home.
Why it's a job best left to the professionals
Of course, you could insulate your loft yourself, but it's a fiddly job. You'll need to get the right depth of coverage (about 270mm) and ensure an optimal fit all around your loft space. You'll want to apply insulation around your loft hatch too. If you're eligible for a loft insulation grant, then you don't even need to consider the DIY route. Get the professionals in and get it sorted.
They'll choose the right kind of loft insulation for the job. These days there are more options than ever such as granular beads, quilt insulation and matting or blanket insulation (made from glass or rock fibre). Loose beads are preferred to fill in lofts with lots of awkward spaces and can also be used to top existing insulation. These days there are even environmentally friendly options for loose fill insulation made from a wide range of recyclables, including newspaper, cork and even sheep's wool.
Free loft insulation comes with other big benefits too. If your cold water pipes and tanks need lagging, your loft insulation team will take care of that at the same time. That's another important efficiency saving, and, even more importantly, it guards against the possibility of your tank or pipes freezing in cold weather.
At the end of the job, your home insulation will meet Building Regulations standards. That's good news for you but it's also another box ticked if you ever consider selling your house.
To find out if you qualify, you simply need to fill in this quick form. That's all there is to it. We'll get back to you and help you with the next steps. Simple.