While home insulation is always a great investment for any property, not every property is eligible to receive it. From being the wrong kind of build of property to being a new build already sufficiently insulated, it is worthwhile checking your property’s eligibility before enquiring about the necessary works.
There is a wide range of different grants and allowances in place for residents and properties. These grants and different schemes provide free or subsidised insulation for the property in question. Furthermore, when selling a property, properly installed insulation will improve your property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and Energy Efficiency Rating.
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme set up by the UK government in 2013, replacing the Carbon Emissions Reductions Target (CERT) Scheme and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), energy suppliers have an obligation to install technologies that are deemed energy efficient.
This includes all nature of cavity wall and home insulation and is very much applicable to almost every household in the UK subject to a few fairly basic eligibility criteria.
What Materials are used for Home Insulation?
While properties built after 1920 have the desired cavity between the internal and external portions of the property’s walls (interior and exterior), cavity wall insulation is not the only insulation solution available. It is one of many and there are many others out there.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Cavity wall insulation is generally the most expensive insulation option available, but it is a very good way to insulate an eligible property or abode. It is performed by the installer drilling a number of strategical holes in the exterior walls of the property. They then pump in the insulating material to fill the cavity between the portions of the walls. The material used tends to be one of the following:
As heat rises, loft insulation is a really effective way to prevent heat loss through your property’s roof and highest walls. Properties tend to lose in the region of 25% of their heat via the loft and roof. However, it is expensive to install and requires a slightly lengthier application for a grant. Loft insulation though typically uses the following materials:
Is Insulation Suitable for my Property?
Insulating your home or property for free, as part of the ECO Scheme requires the following eligibility criteria:
All in all though, with good quality, efficient insulation solutions able to save you as much as £300 per year on energy bills, it is something certainly worth considering. It will also make your property a more appealing prospect to potential buyers, as the property will not only save money in bills but will keep occupants and/ or tenants comfortable and happy.