Grants for FREE Wall & Loft Insulation

There are a number of government schemes funding grants for free cavity wall, solid wall and loft insulation for UK residents. Some grants are available to everyone, and others target those on certain benefits.

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ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme and Carbon Saving Obligation

The ECO is a grant scheme running along the government’s Green Deal loan scheme, which was launched at the end of January 2013. Again, it is funded by UK energy suppliers.

HHCRO (Formerly the Affordable Warmth scheme)

This scheme funds cavity wall and loft insulation for anyone receiving certain benefits. You can check your eligibility and apply by visiting our HHCRO Free Insulation page. 

Carbon Saving Obligation

This scheme gives grants to either partially fund or give free solid wall insulation installations, and is open to everyone as it is not means tested. It is not yet clear how people will be able to apply to the scheme – we should know more in May.

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FAQs

I live in a flat, can I get cavity wall insulation installed?
It's not practical to insulate a single flat in a block. If the property has cavity walls, the whole building should be insulated.
How long does it take professionals to install loft insulation?
It takes professional installers about 2 hours to install loft insulation in an average sized loft.
Why wasn't my house built with cavity wall insulation and the right amount of loft insulation?
Houses comply with the building regulations that apply at the time the property is built. Since the oil crisis in the early 1970s, the insulation standards in the Building Regulations have been progressively upgraded.
I already have some loft insulation - do I need to install more?
If your loft insulation is 100mm or less you would certainly benefit by having it topped up with more insulation to make it up to a 270mm thickness. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that top-up loft insulation can save the average householder as much as £60 per year at current energy prices.
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