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.
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.
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.
The Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy has published ‘an ambitious blueprint for Britain’s low carbon future’ called the Clean Growth Strategy. This strategy sets out how the UK government will fulfil its carbon reduction targets as well as invest in and aid the growth of a cleaner economy. But what does this mean for the average UK household?
There are several impacts worth understanding including how energy efficient our homes are, the way we heat them, the cars that we will drive in the future, and how our energy is generated.
It sets out energy efficiency targets to improve UK homes with the aim to increase as many homes as possible to EPC band C level by 2030. The intention is to insulate six to nine million homes which will be supported through the extension of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) energy efficiency scheme which targets those households who are the most fuel poor and will benefit most from saving energy. If you are looking to insulate your property or replace your boiler it is worth checking on our qualification form if you are eligible for an ECO grant as these are already available.
Private rented and social housing will also be examined to see if they can reach similar standards where possible. Building standards for any new builds will also be tightened in order to make homes more future proofed and efficient.
The rollout of smart meters is also seen as a way to assist households in understanding their energy consumption in the hope of making them more frugal with their energy use. Many of the energy suppliers are already installing these in homes so it’s worth seeing if you can have one installed sooner.
A key factor in reducing carbon emissions is tackling how we heat our homes and how efficient it is. The strategy aims to improve the standards of new boilers as well as supporting low carbon heating, such as heat networks and investment into heating innovation programmes, such as heat pumps, biomass and solar thermal. This is supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to increase the adoption of low carbon heating. RHI is an existing scheme where you could get money back on heating your home through low carbon heating.
The strategy aspires to transition the UK to low carbon transport, which will include the end of new conventional petrol and diesel car and van sales by 2040. This will be achieved through encouraging the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV), supporting the development of charging networks and investment into the advancement of electric batteries.
Reshaping the energy we consume
The UK electricity grid will be decarbonised through the phasing out of coal power stations, in favour of increasing renewable energy generation and nuclear power. Investment will be made to increase the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy and also in advancing the development of energy storage to balance out the demand and generation differences with renewable energy.
The household wallet
This strategy sounds ambitious and costly but it aims to blend energy efficiency savings with driving down the price of electricity wholesale costs to balance the level of public investment and assistance to low carbon innovation. So the impact on the householder wallet should be lessened as much as possible, according to the strategy. The Green Deal style of “Pay as You Save” finance is also being revisited in order to make the deal more attractive and effective for both businesses and customers and this should help households invest in more expensive energy efficiency solutions.