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EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION GRANTS

Grants available even if you don't receive a benefit!

Click here if you are not sure whether you have Solid Walls or if they are already insulated.


100% grants are available to cover the cost of External Wall Insulation for all homeowners and private tenants whose properties are mainly heated by electricity or solid fuel (coal, coke, wood, etc.). Other householders can receive a grant of up to 50% towards the cost. Both types of External Wall Insulation grant do not have to be paid back.

If you take advantage of a grant, Loft Insulation is also provided free of charge as a second measure.

The grant scheme is known as the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). It is part of the Government's new Green Deal energy efficiency programme.

Installing External Wall Insulation can save up to £270 per year on fuel bills and prevent 1.8 tonnes of harmful Carbon Dioxide emissions being produced.


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?

Grant funding can be claimed by homeowners and private tenants. If you are a private tenant, you must have permission from your landlord before applying for External Wall Insulation.

If you part own the property with a housing association, providing you own 50% or more, you may also be able to claim a grant.

If you are a council or housing association tenant, you should contact your local council/housing association or the Energy Saving Trust (0800 512 012) who should be able to advise you.

There are two different External Wall Insulation grants:

100% grants for properties heated by Solid Fuel or Electricity

If the main source of heating in your property is solid fuel or electricity, you should qualify for a 100% grant to have External Wall Insulation installed.

Solid fuel heating systems include coal, coke & wood fires, wood burning stoves, etc. Electric heating systems include electric fires and storage heaters. There should also be no gas supply installed in the property, in other words, you must not have a gas meter.

Up to 50% grants for properties heated by Gas, Oil or LPG

If the property is mainly heated by gas, oil or LPG, you should qualify for a grant to cover up to 50% of the installation cost.

External Wall Insulation typically costs between £7,500 for smaller properties and £15,000 for large properties. This means that your contribution would be somewhere between £3,250 and £7,500. Some typical examples for gas heated properties are as follows:

  • 1 Bed Flat: Cost = £6,500, Grant = £3,250, Contribution = £3,250.
  • 2 Bed Mid Terrace: Cost = £7,000, Grant = £3,500, Contribution = £3,500.
  • 3 Bed Semi: Cost = £11,000, Grant = £5,500, Contribution = £5,500.
  • 4 Bed Detached: Cost = £15,500, Grant = £7,750, Contribution = £7,750.

If you cannot afford to pay the whole contribution, there are several options available. The cheapest option in most cases is to extend an existing mortgage. Home improvement loans and other forms of finance can also be considered.

Our approved installer will be able to provide you with the exact cost, grant amount and the total contribution required at the time of survey.

Whichever grant you qualify for, if Loft Insulation is also required, this will be provided free of charge.

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.

What if I don't qualify?

Providing the property is suitable, everyone qualifies for some grant assistance, regardless of their circumstances or where they live. Most householders will receive a 50% grant but some will qualify for the full amount as outlined above.

What is External Wall Insulation?

A layer of insulating material (typically 60mm boards) is fitted to the outside walls and covered with a type of render or cladding. There are a variety of finishes to choose from, including: smooth, textured, tiled, painted or brick/stone effect.

EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION
  • Insulating material fixed to outside walls.
  • Render/cladding applied to make decorative finish.
  • Brick, stone or tiled finishes also available.
  • Adds a protective weatherproof layer.
  • Improves external appearance and property value.
  • Leads to large savings on heating bills.

External Wall Insulation provides a weatherproof layer that will protect your brickwork, increase sound resistance and help to prevent damp problems.

The insulation material is fitted to the outside of a property so it won't reduce the floor area and can be installed with minimal disruption. It will also renew the appearance of your walls, increase the value of the property and will result in large savings on heating bills.

Is my property suitable for External Wall Insulation?

Your property must meet the following criteria before External Wall Insulation can be installed:

  • Be constructed of solid brick, stone or concrete (not timber-frame).
  • Have walls that are structurally sound and not in need of repair.
  • Not be a listed building or in a conservation area/world heritage site.
  • Not have any signs of damp in the walls.
  • Have good access to the outer walls.
  • Not lead directly onto a pavement i.e. have no garden or drive.
  • Not have cavity walls that are already filled or can be filled.

You should also check with your local Council whether planning permission is required. This is unlikely to be granted if the property is a listed building or in a conservation area/world heritage site. If planning permission is not granted, Internal Wall Insulation should be considered.

If your property is brick-built, you need to be sure that it does not have cavity walls. If it was constructed before 1924 it is likely to have solid walls and will require External Wall Insulation. If there are any square brick-ends in the pattern as shown below then it will be solid.

Solid Wall Diagram

Another good indication is to measure the thickness next to doors or windows as Solid Walls tend to be less than 10" thick, whereas Cavity Walls are normally more than 10".

External Wall Insulation FAQs

bullet Is it free?
If the property is heated by solid fuel or electricity, in most cases you will not have to pay. If the property is heated by other fuel types, a grant of up to 50% is available.

bullet What if there is damp or other repair work required?
The grants do not cover the cost of repairs. A local builder may be able to assist you with this.

bullet Why can't I have my walls insulated if I have a cavity?
Because the same or similar heat loss can be prevented (and carbon savings made) by installing Cavity Wall Insulation, which is much cheaper to install.

bullet Will it spoil the appearance of my property?
In most cases, no. The insulation typically improves the appearance and increases the value of the property. There are several different finishes that will be discussed with you at the time of the survey.

bullet How long does the work take?
Depending on the size of the property, it can take up to one full week.

bullet Is there much mess?
Due to the nature of the work, it is inevitable that there will be some disruption and mess during the installation. However, our approved installers will endeavour to keep this to a minimum and tidy up after themselves.

bullet Do I get a guarantee?
Yes. You will be issued a 25 year guarantee from SWIGA, the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency.

What savings can I make with External Wall Insulation?

Professionally fitted External Wall Insulation can reduce heat loss by up to 45%. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a semi-detached property heated by gas could save up to £270 per year on heating costs.

External Wall Insulation is one of the most energy efficient improvements you can make to your home. It will help to keep your home warm by preventing heat from escaping and stopping the cold from coming in. This will allow you to turn your heating on less often and for shorter periods therefore making large savings on your energy bills.

How Can EnergyLink help?

When you apply for External Wall Insulation through EnergyLink, your application will be allocated to an approved installer operating in your local area.

The installer will then telephone you to arrange a free, no-obligation survey of your property. The surveyor will verify your grant entitlement, make sure your property is suitable for External Wall Insulation and check to see if you qualify for any further improvements such as Loft Insulation.

If you provide an email address, we will send you an email with the installer's contact details so you know who will be calling to arrange the survey.

If you're happy to go ahead after the survey, the installer will carry out the work and then claim the grant on your behalf from an Energy Supplier or one of their agents. If you do not qualify for a full grant, you will be required to pay a contribution once the work is complete.

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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