How to get a free insulation grant?
There's free cash available to help increase your home's energy efficiency or pay your energy bills – hundreds of millions of pounds of it. The key is knowing where to look.
Lots of UK insulation grants go unclaimed. Many – but not all – are for the elderly, disabled or those on lower incomes. Free Insulation Grant can help you to check if you qualify under the ECO scheme 2018 and, if yes, put you in touch with your local installer.
All you have to do is fill out our simple online form!
What is an insulation grant?
An insulation grant is money or a voucher which contributes towards the cost of having your home insulated. Although it may not cover the full cost of the insulation and you may be asked to make a contribution in some cases, in most cases its completely FREE. Take a look through our ‘Claim For’ tabs to see what kind of insulations there are available.
From the 1st October 2018 you will nearly always need to have an insulation done to claim a FREE boiler.
How does the Government home insulation scheme work?
If eligible, your contact details will be passed on to an approved, local fitter. They will usually contact you within 24 - 48 hours, to arrange a suitable time for a visit. The fitter will visit your home, carry out an energy assessment of your property and check your benefit paperwork. He will confirm if the home insulation grant is available to you.
If you qualify, in many cases you can arrange an installation date there and then.
The current ECO3 scheme has been introduced on the 1st October 2018 and opened an opportunity for free insulation and boiler grants for a wider group of people, it is certainly worth applying now if you believe you are entitled to assistance towards the cost of a new boiler.
How much can I save with free ECO3 government grants?
Free ECO grants are available to those receiving certain benefits - from insulation to new boilers. How much you save depends on the type of your property and insulation that is required. By having your home insulated, you can save yourself anywhere between £100 - £450 a year on energy bills. Some types of insulation can cost up to £12,000, so by applying for a grant you can also save yourself this whole fee and increase the value of your property.
Boilers are another top contributors to your energy bills – the more efficient your boiler, the more heat it produces from each gas unit. Depending on its age, a new efficient one could save you between £100 and £320 a year. The cost of the boiler on average is around £2,300 and you are getting it for FREE.
Is there a catch?
No there is no catch. If you are on the qualifying benefits and eligible then you are entitled to have the work done so the fitter will be able to proceed with the insulation and often with the boiler as well. The whole process for you is hassle free. If it is an insulation and a boiler combined, then most likely it is completely FREE. If it is just an insulation or a boiler, there may be a small contribution fee you may need to pay.
Will I have to pay anything?
Most of ECO insulation grants are FREE. However, this depends on your property type - the larger the property the less contribution you will face. This is because the energy saving is much bigger on larger properties, the government encourages homeowners to insulate large properties for free.
If you proceed with a dual measure, so insulation and a boiler replacement, chances are you will more likely to have the work done completely free of charge. However, for a single measure there may be a small contribution fee you need to pay.
How long does it take?
Depending on the type of recommended installation and the type of your home, it can take anything from 4 hours to 2 days. The fitter can advise during FREE survey how long exactly it will take upon examination of your property.
Is there a lot of mess caused?
Whilst the process is going on there might be a fair amount of mess, however, the fitters will always clean up the mess once the job has been completed so you will not have to do this yourself.
How soon can I get my insulation done?
This is likely to vary, once the surveyor has been in contact with you and went out the see your property (usually within a week of your enquiry), they can then arrange with you a suitable date of installation. Although in most cases we aim to finish as soon as possible, this can take between 1 to 4 weeks.
Do I require a survey?
Yes, a survey is required to determine whether the fitter will be able to carry out the work within your home as the final decision is in their hands. The survey will be FREE of charge.
Am I still able to get a grant if I live in a flat?
Originally, if you lived a flat you were not eligible for a grant. However, from the 1st October 2018, if you have Electric heating you are now eligible for a FREE insulation grant.
How long does the insulation last for?
The insulation is fitted to last long term, if it is done to the latest requirements, then it is pretty much for the rest of your lifetime. After you have had the work done, you will not need to worry about having it done again.
Do I have to be a homeowner living in my home?
Yes, in most of cases you need to own the home and live in it, so you could claim a grant. However, if the property is heated solely with electricity, then grants are available for Landlords and their Tenants, and also for Housing Associations.
Can I change my mind?
Yes, you are free to change your mind prior to the installation.