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25th July 2014: The Green Deal Cashback scheme for External Wall Insulation has now closed.
This web site will be updated soon.

Cashback of £6,000 is available towards the cost of External Wall Insulation. All homeowners and private tenants qualify and it does not have to be paid back.

The cashback scheme 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.

Who qualifies?

Cashback 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 cashback.

If you part own the property with a Housing Association, providing you own 50% or more, you may also be able to claim cashback.

If you are a Council or Housing Association tenant, you should contact them directly or speak to the Energy Saving Trust (0800 512 012) who may be able to help you.

How much is left to pay?

External Wall Insulation typically costs between £7,500 for smaller properties and £15,000 for large properties. This means that your contribution would effectively be somewhere between £1,600 and £9,500. Some typical examples are as follows:

  • 1 Bed Flat: Cost = £6,500, Cashback = £4,875*, Contribution = £1,625.
  • 2 Bed Mid Terrace: Cost = £7,000, Cashback = £5,250*, Contribution = £1,750.
  • 3 Bed Semi: Cost = £11,000, Cashback = £6,000, Contribution = £5,000.
  • 4 Bed Detached: Cost = £15,500, Cashback = £6,000, Contribution = £9,500.

* Cashback is 75% of the cost up to a maximum of £6,000.

How does the cashback work?

The process for getting the Insulation installed and claiming the cashback is as follows:

  1. Green Deal Assessment (survey) carried out (* costs £75 to £150).
  2. Register for Green Deal voucher.
  3. Have work installed within 6 months.
  4. Pay full cost to Installer on completion of work.
  5. Submit voucher with Installer invoice.
  6. Receive payment within 10 working days.

* £100 towards the cost of the assessment can also be claimed back.

What if I can't afford the contribution?

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 including the Green Deal Finance scheme 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.

What if I don't qualify?

Providing the property is suitable, all private householders qualify for Green Deal Cashback, regardless of circumstances or where they live.

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.

  • 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?
No, there is always something to pay. Cashback of £6,000 is available towards the cost leaving a contribution of between £1,600 and £9,500 depending on the property size.

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, an experienced advisor will telephone you to check your details before referring your application to an approved installer operating in your local area.

The installer will then telephone you to arrange a survey of your property. The surveyor will verify your grant or cashback 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. You will be required to pay the full amount on completion and claim the cashback afterwards as outlined above.

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