An Insulation Grant from the Government could provide you with the money you need to re-insulate your home, improve energy efficiency and save money.
If your home isn’t properly insulated there’s a very good chance you are losing heat and therefore wasting money on energy bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust properly insulating the walls of a detached property could save up to £445 in energy bills each year by applying for an insulation grant. That’s a figure that’s hard to ignore.
What are Insulation Grants?
Insulation grants are offered as part of the Government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. The aim was to help low income households in England, Scotland and Wales to make their homes more energy efficient and save money on their energy bills. Unfortunately this grant isn’t available in Northern Ireland, to access funding for insulation in Northern Ireland you need to contact NIDirect Government Services.
The 'Big Six' utility companies, including Npower, EDF and British Gas, are obliged to provide funding so that those who need to can improve the efficiency of their homes. This includes grants for new boilers and insulation. As the funding is a grant, not a loan, it doesn’t need to be repaid and could cover a large part - if not all - of the cost of insulating your home.
What kind of insulation will a grant cover?
There are grants available for several different types of insulation, and you could be eligible for more than one!
You may be offered enough to fund the entire installation but some people receive only some of the money and need to contribute to the costs.
Who is eligible for an Insulation Grant?
If you’re a homeowner or a private renter (with permission from the landlord) who receives qualifying benefits, you could be entitled to an insulation grant from the Government.
There is a maximum income for eligibility for Insulation Grants. The maximum income is based on how many people live in the property and only for some benefits.
You must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
For some benefits, one of the following must also apply:
Other eligibility criteria information:
You can apply online for an insulation grant and after you apply you'll be contacted to check you meet all the necessary criteria. They'll check what benefits you receive (in the case of Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit they'll need to make a note of your annual household income too) and confirm your status (whether you're a private tenant or own your own home). You will also be asked about the size, age, location of your home and specific insulation questions..