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FREE HOME INSULATION GRANTS

Cavity Wall Insulation now 100% FREE for everyone!


100% free grants for Cavity Wall Insulation are available to everyone, regardless of income or other circumstances. If Loft Insulation is required at the same time, a grant of up to 95% is available for the Loft, leaving just £49 to pay!

Free Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation grants can also be claimed by anyone in receipt of specific benefits, tax credits or allowances and those living in low-income areas.

External Wall Insulation grants of up to 70% are available if the property is heated by solid fuel or electricity. Properties heated by other types of fuel can qualify for Green Deal Cashback of £4,000 or a grant of up to 20% off the cost. If Loft Insulation is also required, this will be installed free of charge.

Home Insulation Grants do not have to be paid back. As long as you qualify, an installer will complete the work then claim the grant to cover the cost of the work.

Grants are available to home owners and private tenants and are part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) which was introduced to support the Green Deal. Under ECO, Energy Suppliers including British Gas, E.ON, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE and EDF are obliged to pay for insulation in households that are living in fuel poverty.

What can I claim?

Current offers from our approved insulation installers are as follows:

  • Loft Insulation
    • FREE if receiving income-related benefits.
    • FREE if living in lower-income postcode area.
    • FREE with External Wall Insulation.
    • UP TO 95% GRANT with Cavity Wall Insulation. Only £49 to pay.
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
    • FREE for EVERYONE, regardless of circumstances.
    • FREE if receiving income-related benefits.
    • FREE if living in lower-income postcode area.
  • External Wall Insulation
    • Up to 70% grant if main heating fuel is Coal or Electricity.
    • Green Deal Cashback of £4,000 if heated by other fuel types.
    • Or up to 20% grant if heated by other fuel types.
    • Grants and/or cashback are regardless of benefits/area.

100% grants are subject to a free, no-obligation survey. In most cases it is free but you may be
asked to pay a contribution, depending on the efficiency of the property and the amount of work required.

Who qualifies for FREE Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation?

You must own or privately rent your property in order to qualify for a grant. You can also qualify if you own more than 50% of a Housing Association property. Council and Housing Association tenants will not qualify under the ECO grant scheme.

Cavity Wall Insulation is 100% FREE for EVERYONE when installed on it's own. If you have the Loft Insulation installed at the same time, you can claim a grant of up to 95% towards the cost which means you only have £49 left to pay.

There are two ways to qualify for free Cavity Wall AND Loft Insulation:

1) Income-related benefits

Someone living in the property must be in receipt of at least one income-related benefit shown on the left below. Pension Credit and Child Tax Credit qualify automatically but the other four main benefits require a qualifying component.

MAIN BENEFIT
QUALIFYING COMPONENT   
  • Pension Credit
    (top up to State Pension)
  • Child Tax Credit (household
    income under £15,850)*
  • None Required
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment
    Support Allowance
  • Child under 16
  • Child under 20 in full-time education
    (but not university)
  • Child Tax Credit including a disability element
  • Disabled Child Premium
  • Disability Premium
  • Pension Premium
  • Work Related Activity / Support Component**
  • Working Tax Credit (household
    income under £15,850)*
  • Child under 16
  • Child under 20 in full-time education
    (but not university)
  • Severe Disability Element
  • Disabled Worker Element
  • Aged 60 or Over
*   Income as shown on your last award letter.
** With Income-Related Employment Support Allowance only.

2) Postcode area

Householders in some parts of the country may also qualify for Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation if they live in a low-income postcode area where there is a higher likelihood of fuel poverty. If you live in one of these areas, you can claim free insulation regardless of benefits or circumstances. Our online form will tell you if you live in one of these areas.

100% grants are subject to a free, no-obligation survey. In most cases it is free but you may be
asked to pay a contribution, depending on the efficiency of the property and the amount of work required.

Who qualifies for an External Wall Insulation Grant or Cashback?

External Wall Insulation for properties with solid walls costs in the region of £7,500 to £15,000 depending on the size of the property. As an example, insulating a 3-bed semi costs around £11,000.

If your property is mainly heated by Coal or Electricity, you should qualify for an External Wall Insulation ECO grant of up to 70%.

Households that are heated by Gas, Oil or LPG qualify for the Green Deal Cashback scheme where £4,000 is available towards the cost until June 2014. The full amount is paid on completion of the work, then the cashback is claimed afterwards. Alternatively, an ECO grant of up to 20% is available in properties heated by these fuel types.

In all cases, it does not matter where you live or if you receive benefits. Loft Insulation is also free as a secondary measure.

A loan or Green Deal Finance may be available to cover some or all of the remaining cost of External Wall Insulation.

Note that a fee may be charged for an External Wall Insulation survey.

Please see our External Wall Insulation page for more information.

OTHER CRITERIA:
  • Home Owners and Private Tenants
    NOT Council or Housing Association.
  • Not for DIY projects. Must be fitted
    by an EnergyLink approved installer.
  • No damp on the walls or ceilings.
    Some condensation is acceptable.
  • Loft is easily accessible and has
    no more than 100mm/4” installed.

What if I don't qualify?

Everyone qualifies for a 100% Cavity Wall Insulation grant but not everyone can have free Loft Insulation. However, EnergyLink can still arrange for you to receive a free, no-obligation survey and quote from an approved installer, providing you own or privately rent your property.

By paying for Loft Insulation yourself, you still benefit from the full energy bill savings. The typical installation cost is £300 to £400 and the annual bill saving is up to £150. The cost of Loft Insulation can therefore be recovered in 2 to 3 years from the savings made on your heating bills.

Savings figures are based on Energy Saving Trust estimates for a semi-detached property heated by gas.

All home owners and private tenants qualify for an External Wall Insulation grant or Green Deal Cashback but there will still be a contribution towards the cost required.

How can EnergyLink help?

EnergyLink have a network of approved installers working throughout England, Scotland and Wales. All installers have access to the grant funding outlined above and can carry out a free, no-obligation survey of the property. A survey fee may be charged if you are applying for External Wall Insulation.

Our Online Application form will tell you which grant you are likely to qualify for and whether we have an approved installer working in your postcode area. Once you have completed the form, your details will be sent to the installer so they can contact you to arrange a survey.

If you are happy to proceed after the survey, a date will be booked for the installation. Following the installation, the installer will claim any grant amount you are entitled to from an Energy Supplier or an agent acting on their behalf. If you need to pay towards the work, this will be due on completion.

EnergyLink have been helping customers with Home Insulation grants since June 2007. Click here to learn more about why you should use our service.

100% grants are subject to a free, no-obligation survey. In most cases it is free but you may be
asked to pay a contribution, depending on the efficiency of the property and the amount of work required.

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Enter your postcode, products and circumstances into our form to see which grant you are likely to qualify for.
Enter your contact details so we can arrange a free, no-obligation survey by an approved installer.
Our approved installer in your local area will call you to arrange your free no-obligation survey.
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