Loft insulation

What is the loft insulation grant?

Did you know that a third of the heating in a property may be lost with insufficient insulating material?

Government grants for loft insulation can stop this from happening and help you save money.

In the UK it is possible to get loft insulation grantย via government funding in order to improve properties energy efficiency.

Government initiated insulation grants are there to help individuals and families with lower income focus entirely on increasing the energy saving capabilities of their homes. Loft insulation will save you anywhere from ยฃ120 to ยฃ280 a year on your energy bills.

We know that it can be difficult to understand the different criteria that govern application for grants such as insulation grants, so we hope that this guide can explain about what grants are available in the UK for loft insulation.

Are insulation grants still available in the UK?

Insulation grants are available in the UK for the foreseeable future thanks to the ECO4 scheme. The insulation grant for lofts is aimed at homeowners or private tenants who claim benefits or tax credits, especially if they do not have access to a mains gas supply.

In order to tackle fuel poverty, the UK government has initiated varieties of grants including loft insulation grant accessible in England, Scotland and Wales through energy companies.

According to the government the use of high quality loft insulation will lower the UKโ€™s dependency on inefficient heating systems over time and help in saving energy.

The May 2022 applications for loft insulation grants are now open.
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How much money does loft insulation save?

By improving your home’s thermal efficiency, loft insulation can save you money.

Improvements in loft insulation can reduce this amount significantly and help you in saving energy as a quarter of heat is lost through the roof.

Depending on what type of house you live in, loft insulation can save you anywhere from ยฃ120 to ยฃ280 on your energy bills every year.

Furthermore, loft insulation can significantly reduce your household’s carbon footprint, resulting in a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions.

Saving energy that leaves through loft hatch due to lack of loft or wall insulation in your home (especially detached house of bungalow), can be easy and fully funded if you are eligible for the loft insulation grants.

What is the ECO scheme?

You may have heard of the ECO grant initiated by the UK government. It is otherwise known as the Energy Company Obligation and is supported by the Energy Saving Trust.

This scheme has been through means testing to ensure it can deliver on improving homes energy efficiency for those living in the UK.

The fund allows individuals (homeowners and private tenants) with qualifying benefits to access a range of heating support: from insulating properties through electric storage heaters replacement to new boilers installation to improve heating systems for a better insulated property and to lower the energy bills.

Loft insulation grants that we offer free of charge are part of the ECO scheme.

If you are a private landlord, speak to your tenant โ€“ if they qualify for the grant, you can encourage them to apply and have your propertyโ€™s energy efficiency improved for many years to come.

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The aim of the scheme is to help keep households warm by making them more energy efficient, reduce heating bills with support from the big energy companies and energy suppliers via grants.

This allows for Energy Saving Trust estimates to be met and the UKโ€™s carbon footprint to be improved. And in the long run, it may influence the price cap on energy company prices.

Licensed installers โ€“ such as our team โ€“ provide the labour for various insulations as they are paid from the grant, so you donโ€™t have top spend a penny provided that you meet certain criteria..

In the long term, the government aims to have the Energy Company Obligations scheme bring down the UKโ€™s carbon emissions and improve environmental impact through carbon saving obligation policy.

Learn more about the ECO scheme

Read our article about ECO3 Scheme and ECO4 or visit the government website. You can also check directly if you’re eligible for a free insulation grants for lofts by clicking on the button below.

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Can I get a government grant for loft insulation?

It all depends on your circumstances- whether that be through certain benefits or other requirements.

Can pensioners get free loft insulation?

Pensioners do qualify for fully funded loft insulation.

This is either because theyโ€™re 60 years old or older, receive pension credit or other associated benefits (such as working tax credit). They could also qualify for support in getting a new boiler, free cavity wall insulation and other forms of help. If you live in a semi detached house, it is still possible to get loft insulation as it won’t go over your property line.

Having a warmer home has been proven to improve long term health, especially for conditions most commonly seen in older people (such as arthritis). If youโ€™re not a homeowner, you may need to get landlordโ€™s permission to convert uninsulated walls or the loft area if you donโ€™t own your own home.

It is a priority to get eligible households to accept the free survey and installation of cost effective and energy efficient, in fact best electric heating system, and insulation (loft and cavity wall, room in roof, internal solid wall insulation etc.) particularly those in older demographics.

How does government funding work when it comes to loft insulation grant?

Funding for loft insulation grants works on an eligibility criteria basis.

There are certain benefits such as child benefit or pension credit (but not support allowance) that qualify you to getย  a grant for free insulation that each energy supplier supports through the Energy Company Obligation ECO.

These include the following benefits from disability to income related employment benefits:

How much does loft insulation cost?

Depending on the type of property you own, insulating your loft with basic blanket insulation can start from around ยฃ345, although this can be a hefty initial cost for some. With the government funding, loft insulation grants and installation are entirely free, or rather they are fully funded by your energy supplier (like EDF Energy, British Gas, E-ON, Scottish Power and others) if you meet certain criteria. It’s a great way to get free home improvements and save money!

People living in low energy efficiency homes that need loft insulation grant or cavity wall insulation and are not on benefits or do not claim tax credits can sometimes qualify if their council or housing association participates in LA Flex.

Full list of the ECO4 funding benefits criteria:

  • Child Benefits
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit Saving Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme Rebate
  • Working Tax Credit

Would I Qualify For Free Loft Insulation?

Qualifying for free loft insulation grants through the ECO grants include:

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Owning your own home or privately renting one (but you must get the landlord's permission first)

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Have a high carbon-emitting home

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Receive income based benefits

ECO 4 is a government backed scheme

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Why Should I Apply For Loft Insulation Grant?

Perhaps you are already thinking about applying to get free insulation for your loft and cavity wall. But if youโ€™re still not undecided, here are some examples of other reasons why you should apply:

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Quick turnover

There is minimal disruption to you, as following the free survey, the insulation process only takes up to a few hours. For an average three-bedroom house, loft insulation can be installed in two hours.

2

Reduce heating bills

Getting loft insulation reduces your energy bill, giving you more money to spend on yourself and your family. Less heat will be lost through your external walls.

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Reduce CO2 footprint

Your carbon impact will be reduced, meaning you are playing a part in saving our planet. Having a good EPC rating can often help if you want to sell your home, as it becomes more valuable with energy efficiency measures.

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Guarantee

UK Energy Support guarantees high-quality services whether we provide paid or free insulation service.

What is the best loft insulation to save on energy bills?

The best loft insulation material available in the UK is Earthwool.

This is because it is the greenest and most energy efficient form of loft insulation, being made up of 80% of recycled glass fibre within mineral wool.

It also contains no additional chemicals, such as formaldehyde, artificial colours/dyes and is a natural brown colour.

In addition to this, Earthwool is also rot proof (making it ideal for lofts), water proof and weaved together with only natural recycled materials and mineral wool with the ECOSE process.

Another benefit is the sound proofing qualities that Earthwool offers, allowing you to block out sounds from outside to make your property more peaceful. Earthwool also provides draught proofing qualities, limiting the amount of cold air getting inside.

Most homes associate loft insulation material with itching but Earthwool is smooth to the touch and has an incredibly low itch factor.

It is also non combustible, meaning it will not catch on fire and limits heat loss in your loft and home. This special type of insulation material is ideal for most properties.

Earthwool has an average lifespan of 25 years in a property.

Loft insulation FAQ

How thick should loft insulation be in the UK?

Loft insulation in the UK is usually laid out in particular recommended depth, depending on what itโ€™s made from. For glass wool, which UKES uses, the recommended depth is usually 270 mm for increased energy efficiency.

In most cases where other materials are used, the ideal measurements for energy saving loft insulation in most cases are 250 mm for rock wool and 220 mm for cellulose.

Can I put new insulation over old insulation?

Putting new insulating materials over old insulation is the most recommended method, especially with loft or cavity wall insulation.

As long as the old insulation isnโ€™t wet or damaged, it is draught proofed and insulated correctly, you can install loft insulation on top of older forms.

If insulation becomes waterlogged, it can lead to mildew, mould, damp problems or rot forming in your loft or roof area; in the long run, problems like this can lead to health concerns and costly repairs.

Even placing too much insulation in your loft or cavity wall can be detrimental, as it will cause moisture to build up and heat to be lost from your home.

What are the benefits of loft insulation?

Loft insulation is especially effective at stopping cold air from circulating via your roof space. It can also prevent additional heat loss from your home, which means that your energy bills will go down in the process.

There is also the possibility of protecting you and your family’s health from issues such as respiratory problems due to damp and worsening issues such as arthritis.

Not to mention that if you meet the qualifying criteria, you can get the loft insulation grants and have your home upgrade fully funded by the energy suppliers!

What is flat roof insulation?

Flat roof insulation is primarily used to increase a buildingโ€™s energy efficiency if they have a roof below the pitch of 10 degrees. This also allows for a reduction in condensation and moisture as well as a decrease in energy bills.

The building regulations for low slope roof insulation includes:

  • The roof must have a pitch of only 10 degrees
  • The insulation must be capable of taking the weight of the roof after construction
  • Must be fitted from the outside and capable of withstanding UK weather
  • There should be a ventilation gaps to allow for condensation to escape

What is warm and cold roof flat insulation?

Warm flat roof:

This insulation is used to allow homes to conserve heat and to prevent dampness and decay by allowing moisture to escape. It is ideal for the UK climate and is the most common form of flattened roof insulation material.

The most preferred material for this job is PIR boards (otherwise known as polyisocyanurate) as they are incredibly durable, easy to install and can withstand being walked on over time.

Warm low slope roof insulation should always be installed by professionals with specialist equipment.

Cold flat roof:

Cold flat roofs insulation works best for outbuildings and is an efficient and cost-effective way of insulating your roof. It will typically require a roof ventilation system to prevent the buildup of damp.

Loft insulation roll is the most preferred method of cold roof insulation installation. It can be placed between the rafters easily without requiring much disruption to you and your home. Loft insulation is easily moved and can be repositioned.

Can I get a grant for flat roofs insulation?

UKES doesnโ€™t provide this form of insulation but other companies may have their own schemes for this. We are experts in providing pitched roof insulation as well as cavity wall insulation and other forms of heating insulating.

It is possible to get ECO grants for this form of insulation, depending upon your circumstances.

If you are on a qualifying benefit- such as Child Benefit or Universal Credit among others โ€“ or live in a housing association property eligible for this insulation grant, it could be beneficial to apply.

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Can you get free loft insulation if not on benefits?

Here at UK Energy Support, we provide multiple energy saving services using the funding from the government grants. This includes free cavity wall insulation installation and other grants for home improvements increase your home’s heat efficiency.

If you donโ€™t qualify for the grant, we can insulate your home as a paid service. We are experienced insulation installers working alongside main energy suppliers within the ECO grant to lower wasted heat. There may be other schemes that you may qualify for.

Although we are an approved local installer based in the North East of England, we operate across the UK to help improve your loft hatch and loft space with help of ECO funding and grants. We specialise in loft, room on roof, solid/internal wall and cavity wall insulation so if you want to improve yours homeโ€™s heat and energy efficiency we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

Learn how much you can save on your energy bill

For more simple energy advice or to start the process of insulating your loft or getting free cavity wall insulation, contact us today through our online form below to see what grants are available!

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Here at UK Energy Support, we want to help as many people as possible improve their energy consumption. We would be happy to help you in any way we can, so get in touch and start saving energy thanks to the loft insulation grant application!