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While it is true that energy companies have been offering free insulation for the last few years, there are still many offers out there to be had. The energy companies have not yet reached all of the customers they are committed to reaching and therefore they still work hard to encourage take-up. You can still take advantage and get insulation that could save you upwards of £100 a year on your energy and heating bills.

These insulation schemes are offered as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme and are part of the government’s way of ensuring that the energy companies give something back to their most vulnerable customers.

If you choose both cavity wall and loft insulation, you could save as much as £450 off your energy bills each year, making it well worth searching out the free deals that are available. There are often certain eligibility criteria for these deals and it is important to ensure that this type of insulation is right for you home but this could be a £600 service for free.

 

Current schemes include the following:

 

Eon and Npower

This free insulation scheme is available to everyone (not just their customers) and not just those on benefits if you ask for wall cavity insulation. But those on benefits can get loft insulation on its own if they wish.

EDF

Customers can apply for wall cavity or loft insulation whether you are on benefits or not. This scheme is open to all and for all insulation types.

SSE

This scheme applies only to those on certain benefits, but does apply to either loft or cavity wall, or both.

 

What if I don’t qualify?

While this might seem unlikely according to the above, there may be situations where energy companies cannot help you. In this case you can use the DIY route to install insulation in your loft yourself. This is relatively straight forward and should only cost around £150.

If you want wall cavity insulation, you should always get an expert in to assess your home to ensure it will not be damaged by this type of insulation, Additionally homes built before 1920 are unlikely to qualify as the walls do not have a cavity. Bear this in mind before you accept a quote. Always check the accreditation of your installer before you go ahead.