Energy is one of the main grant-giving areas, as substantial Government funding is available to reduce our impact on the environment. The Government, energy suppliers and local authorities all provide grants to help you implement energy saving measures.
It’s worth everyone checking if they meet the criteria.
The end result of these grants is an increase in your home’s value, warmth and economy. Of course, big savings are available by cutting costs or insuring your boiler against breakdown.
Free insulation and boiler grants
There are wads of freebies on offer from energy providers, from new boilers to loft and cavity wall insulation. It’s all part of their efficiency obligations to people in certain groups. It’s mainly for those receiving certain benefits, such as universal credit, tax credits, pension credit or income-based benefits. The full Free Insulation & Boilers guide has more, but below’s a taster of what you can get:
- Boiler replacement or repair. Heating accounts for around 60% of what you spend in a year on energy bills. Depending on your boiler’s age, a shiny new efficient one could save you up to £300/year.
- Cavity wall insulation. Most homes built between 1920 and 1990 have a gap between internal and external walls. Filling the cavity with insulating mineral wool and foam means cold air’s kept out, and warm air stays in, which can save an average three-bedroom home up to £255/yr. It’s not for everyone, so make sure it’s appropriate for your home first.
- Loft insulation. Up to a quarter of your home’s heat escapes via the roof, but you can solve this by laying mineral wool under the rafters, saving up to £225/yr.
Source: Money Saving Expert