Insulation grants are part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO); a government scheme funded by utility companies including the 'Big Six'.
These grants help low income households in England, Scotland and Wales (unfortunately this grant isn’t available in Northern Ireland, to access funding for insulation in Northern Ireland you need to contact NIDirect Government Services) to become more energy efficient and lower heating bills. Eligible households can apply for a grant to install insulation grant using a Registered Insulation Installer.
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.
If you receive a qualifying benefit the Government could provide you with the money you need to re-insulate your home, improve energy efficiency and save money.
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.
You must also be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
If you receive one of these qualifying benefits (excluding Child Benefit) you will be eligible regardless of household income, so no means-testing is required for applications.
Other eligibility criteria information:
Check your eligibility and apply for a boiler grant (funding is available throughout the UK but excluding Northern Ireland through this provider)