Cavity Wall Insulation Grants

Cavity Wall Insulation Grants

You may never have heard of the ECO3 scheme but it’s the main scheme which provides cavity wall insulation grants to homeowners, tenants, and landlords wanting either free or partly-paid. The latest guidelines governing who can benefit from cavity wall insulation grants were put into place on October 1st, 2018 and, here, the Compare Companies team explains who’s in line to gain from these recent changes.

Free cavity wall insulation

ECO3 makes energy companies financially liable for helping lower-income households reduce both their carbon footprint and the size of their energy bills. ECO3 is specifically focused to provide assistance to people who are struggling to pay their household energy bills (sometimes called “fuel poverty”) and to homes where a disabled person might live who may requires more heat and power than their able-bodied household members (if they have any).

Homeowners can apply for help through a qualified installer with ECO3 funding but it’s also open to tenants experiencing fuel poverty or disabled tenants too. All you have to do to benefit from it is to ask for permission from your landlord.

To take advantage of ECO3, you will need to be in receipt of one or more of the following government benefits:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • ESA (income-related employment and support allowance)
  • Income support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
  • JSA (income-based jobseeker’s allowance)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Tax Credits (under certain circumstances)
  • Universal Credit (under certain circumstances)
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement

You don’t apply to the energy company yourself for ECO3 support – you need to do it through an approved installer. We’ll cover more on how you do that later in this article.

Free cavity wall England

Free or heavily-subsidised cavity wall insulation installations in England are covered by the ECO3 obligation on energy companies. Some local authorities may also dispense grants to homeowners and tenants in addition to the ECO3 scheme.

Free cavity wall Scotland

As with England, cavity wall insulation installations in Scotland which are either free or heavily subsidised are provided under the energy companies’ ECO3 obligation. You may also wish to find out more via the Warmer Homes Scotland initiative or the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes.

Free cavity wall Wales

Homeowners and tenants in Wales should seek advice from the Nyth/Nest scheme which offers free home energy efficient improvements to eligible applicants including insulation, boilers, and central heating.

Free cavity wall Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, the country’s Utility Regulator runs the Sustainable Energy Program for energy efficiency work for homeowners and tenants who do not fit standard ECO3 criteria subject to eligibility. Click here for more information.

Cavity wall insulation removal

As with all industries, not everyone involved in cavity wall insulation operates to the highest levels of diligence and professionalism and, occasionally, poorly-installed insulating material will need removing and replacing from a property. In some other cases, cavity wall insulation which may have been the correct solution for a home in the past might not be the correct solution today and a better treatment may be on offer.

It is possible to get rid of cavity wall insulation already installed however it is much more complicated and costlier that having it installed. To remove existing cavity wall insulation, your trades professional must remove the bricks at the bottom of your wall forcibly sucking out the insulation present in your walls. Cavity wall insulation removal for a semi-detached will cost from around £1,500 + VAT and for larger detached homes around £2,400 + VAT.

Cavity wall insulation – environmental benefits

As we get greener as a nation in a bid to protect our country and with incentives from the government to make the switch, cavity wall insulation has real and positive immediate environmental benefits.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average cavity wall insulation will prevent the following amounts of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, from entering the atmosphere.

Type of propertyCO2 savings per year (kg)
Four-bed detached1,100-1,200
Three bed semi620-720
Three bed mid-terrace360-460
Two-bed bungalow400-500
Two-bed mid-floor flat260-360

Get cavity wall insulation from trusted installers

Finding the right cavity wall insulation installation expert can be confusing – there’s plenty of competition out there so how do you know which company is going to be the best one for you?

At CompareCompanies, we’ve teamed up with hundreds of reputable installers across the UK with at least one year’s solid and stable trading history behind them who are either registered with the British Board of Agrément, the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Scheme, or approved as members of the Green Deal scheme.

Whether you’re intending to apply for a grant or not, your installer will help you understand the individual benefits that cavity wall insulation will bring to your home and the savings you can make every year. They can talk you through how the process works, how long it takes, and the dates they’re available to start and finish the work for you (bear in mind most installations only take an hour or two).

If you’re paying for the cavity wall insulation yourself, you can save up to 40% on the final price by making sure that your installers compete against each other. If you are applying for a grant, talk to each potential installer individually and come to a decision on the one you trust the most to do the work.

How do you compare cavity wall insulation installers and which one is right for you? Ask about the quality of their insulation material and get them to compare the benefits of the three available materials for your home. You should also enquire about the guarantee they provide with their installations and most installers will be happy for you to speak to existing customers so you can make up your mind about the quality of their installations and after-sales service.

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