Free Internal Wall Insulation Government Grants ?
What is Internal Wall Insulation?
Internal wall insulation is the insulation of the internal surface of the external walls, so it is a great alternative to external wall insulation. There is no scaffolding required so it can be more cost effective than external wall insulation.
Nearly half of all heat loss from solid walled properties occurs by heat escaping through the walls. Insulating these walls will help to keep the warmth inside your home for longer. Internal wall insulation works by adding an extra layer of insulation to the internal walls. This can really improve the standard of finish in your property. All of the walls that are insulated will be re-plastered like new.
Internal wall insulation is installed by mechanically fixing and gluing insulated plasterboard on to existing walls within your property.
Things like skirting boards, radiators, sockets and light fitting are removed before insulating and replaced afterwards. There is very little disruption and the whole process is completed very quickly.
Can I get a Grant?
You do not need to be in receipt of benefits to qualify for free home insulation.
The government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme helps to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
A new part of the scheme called ‘flexible eligibility’ enables local authorities to set targets for energy suppliers to help fund the installation of energy-efficiency measures in qualifying households.
You can apply for support if you live in a property that is expensive to heat, or if you or somebody living with you are vulnerable to cold.
Qualifying criteria include:
- Someone in your home receives a qualifying benefit.
- Household is on a low income.
- Your property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E,F or G, or provides a qualifying score through our assessment.
- You or somebody living in your property have a health condition that can be exacerbated by the cold.
- You or somebody living in your property are pregnant or have a child aged under 5 or somebody living in your property are aged over 65.
This is all part of the Governments Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme for free insulation and heating.
Will it be Free ?
Yes it is but only under strict circumstances around the type of home, the heating and the circumstances of the householder.
There are grants available for external wall insulation but these do not always cover the full costs.