Free loft insulation and cavity wall insulation is available, with the help of government grants, if you or someone you live with is over the age of 70, living in mainland Great Britain, own your own property or are currently receiving the following benefits:
- Council Tax Benefit
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Jobseekers Allowance
- Disability living Allowance
- State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (and household income less than £15,600)
If you’re not eligible for a full grant for insulation you can still receive up to 70 percent off the cost!
The government wants to reduce the CO2 emissions Great Britain produce and have pledged around £1bn in insulation grants. The grants are part of the governments Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) which consists of major energy companies such as NPower, E.ON and British Gas meeting carbon emissions targets.
These grants should significantly increase the interest from home owners to install insulation, because not only will they be reducing the amount of CO2 emissions released into the air, but they will reduce energy bills through the amount of energy saved.
Properties currently installed with the correct amount of loft and cavity wall insulation, are already reducing the buildings heat loss by at least 25 percent and that’s only from the roof. Not only does insulation save you on heating bills, but if condensation is a problem in your house then insulation actually reduces this, as the interior surface of walls and ceilings will be warmer. To have a complete overview of cavity insulation and roof insulation read our article on insulation.
Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation are the two most energy efficient measures that can be done to your home, so these grants could be the best way start saving energy and helping the environment.