Thousands of Homes Now Qualify For Dual Measure Funding

A Dummies Guide to Insulation & Heating
20th February 2019
 



There is always more than one way to make your home more energy efficient.


W ith government grants we are able to bring your home up to the national standard for energy efficiency, and with the current round of ECO funding these grants are readily available to more people than ever before.


The big emphasis for this phase of funding is to look at each property and fit all of the energy efficiency measures that it qualifies for - this usually includes any form of insulation that is not up to the minimum as well as a boiler replacement where possible. At the moment we are able to assess homes for and install Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, Underfloor Insulation and Boiler Replacements


PLEASE NOTE: With the current round of funding we are only able to offer a Boiler Replacement to homes that also qualify for Cavity Wall Insulation or Underfloor Insulation. The boiler could be able to be installed as a fully funded measure with little or no contribution needed.

How Can I Identify If I Have Cavity Walls?

Most homes that were built after the 1950’s will have cavity walls, that is two layers of brick with a gap in between called the cavity. Homes built after 1990 were built in the same way but they were built with the cavity already filled using wool or beads, making them more energy efficient, and those with an unfilled cavity are able to have it filled with the same materials. Our engineers exclusively use beaded insulation which allows for air flow through the cavity and eliminates any risk of damp, which can be seen by using wool insulation.

If you can see the brickwork on the outside of your home, and the bricks are all facing lengthways in an even pattern (see picture below), you most likely have cavity walls.

Cavity Wall Pattern

If your cavity walls have not been insulated in the last 20 years, or you do not have a CIGA Guarantee (cavity wall guarantee), you will be able to have your old insulation extracted and replaced with new beaded insulation.
If you are not sure weather your home will be able to have it’s wall insulation updated or if you have a CIGA Guarantee you can get in touch with CIGA at guarantees@ciga.co.uk , or feel free to get in touch and we will try to help you.


Can My Home Have Underfloor Insulation?

Underfloor Insulation is perhaps one of the least disruptive kinds of insulation to have installed and can prevent up to 20% heat loss from your home. Generally speaking, houses built after the 1980’s will not qualify for Underfloor Insulation as they are most likely concrete floors. Homes with floorboards tend to be a suspended floor which allows our technical team to put the insulation into place between the joists that are holding the floor up - the insulation used is mineral wool insulation and is supported by netting.

An easy way to check if your property has a suspended floor is to check if you have air bricks or ventilation bricks on the outside walls of your home below ground level.


Below is a chart showing the estimated savings Underfloor Insulation can provide based on property type.


Chart courtsey of Energy Savings Trust

If you think your house could benefit from any of these insulation or heating measures you can give our office a call on 01642 909660 or complete our online funding check by clicking here.