Free Insulation For Pensioners

With energy bills on the rise, many pensioners find it difficult to afford to heat their home to a comfortable level. Or, if your home isn’t properly insulated, sometimes it doesn’t matter how high you turn your thermostat, a lot of that expensive heat escapes through your window and roof (approx 35% and 25% respectively, according to the Energy Savings Trust) leaving you with a cold and draughty house.

So how can pensioners cut bills and get a warmer home?

A cold house can affect your physical and mental health, so the Government has created what is called the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which makes your energy company responsible for cutting energy bills and the carbon emissions of their customers.

One of the best ways to do this is to install modern cavity wall insulation and loft insulation products into your home. These are cost-effective measures that could save you up to £500 combined on your bills, but with the ECO scheme, you could get them at very low – or totally free – cost to yourself.

Put simply, if you’re on Pension Credit (or still on Working Tax Credit), you are entitled to a free home insulation grant to help pay for the insulation. This grant:

  • Is non-repayable
  • Might cover 100% of the cost of the insulation work
  • Is paid for by your energy company
  • Can be arranged by accredited suppliers, like BillSaveUK

The Eligibility Criteria

You’ll have heard the phrase ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ but in this case, it is true! To claim your free insulation grant, you’ll need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:

  • Do you receive Pension Guarantee Credit?
  • You own your own home, or live in privately rented accommodation and have the landlord’s permission?
  • Do you live in England, Scotland or Wales?

How do I go about applying for a grant?

Truthfully, it is extremely easy. The scheme is designed so that accredited installers like BillSaveUK do pretty much all the work. You don’t need to pre-approve anything with your energy company, you simply take our 30 second insulation grant check or call 0800 368 9938 and we’ll do all the hard work for you.

What’s the small print?

The scheme is designed to be easy to access, but obviously there are some eligibility criteria (see above) and other things to bear in mind. The most important one is that your grant might not cover 100% of the cost of the insulation, so a contribution might be required from you before the work can proceed. We’ll give you an indicative cost when you contact us, and we’ll also send out a qualified energy saving assessor to check your home and give you a final price. Don’t forget – this contribution might be as little at £10, and even if it is higher, it’ll pay for itself in a short space of time by giving you lower bills.

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What happens if I choose BillSaveUK for my loft insulation?

The process is really simple.

1. Give us a call on 0800 368 9938 for a no-obligation chat

2. We’ll send out a fully-qualified energy assessor to your home to perform a loft insulation survey and explain everything to you. There’s absolutely no hard sell, or obligation at this point

3. If you’re happy to proceed, we’ll arrange for the loft insulation to be installed at a time convenient to you. It could be in as little as two weeks!

4. On the day of the installation of your roof insulation, our fully-trained installers will complete the work and clean up after themselves

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Can I get a free loft insulation grant?

The Government has introduced the “ECO” (Energy Company Obligation) scheme to make energy companies help their customer get cheaper energy bills, and cut their carbon footprint.

One of the best ways to do this is to offer homes in the UK a free loft insulation grant. Most homes are eligible for some sort of free insulation grant, and in many cases, the grant covers 100% of the cost of the loft insulation or cavity wall insulation.

If the energy companies miss their ECO targets, they incur fines – so they work with the bigger insulation companies like BillSaveUK to find customers like you who need their home insulating.

BillSaveUK will arrange everything with the energy company, so there’s virtually no paperwork for you to fill out, you just have to give us a call  on 0800 368 9938 to get the ball rolling.

Most homes in the UK are entitled to a free loft insulation grant irrespective of their income or status, but you’re likely to receive a bigger loft insulation grant if:

  • You’re on a state benefit like Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income Support
  • You use something other than mains gas to heat your home. For instance, coal, wood or other solid fuel, electric heaters or storage heaters, log burners etc
  • You live in a bigger house, especially semi or fully detached. This is because your home is energy-hungry and might have a big carbon output

Important note: Even if you don’t meet any of the criteria above, you are still likely to receive some form of grant, but the contribution you need to make towards your home insulation may be a little higher. Call or contact us today for more details.

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How does loft insulation work?

How does loft insulation work?

The best loft insulation is made from environmentally-friendly mineral fibres that are woven into deep layers of insulation roll. This is laid by highly-trained BillSave UK loft insulation installers. First, they put one layer in between the joists, and then another layer lengthways across the joists. That way, you’ve got a double thickness layer of insulation of around 270mm, and no air gaps between the strips.

This means that the loft insulation is up to building regulation standards, and will last indefinitely, so you don’t have to change it every few years.

There are many other benefits to installing loft insulation. Not only will it cut your energy bills and make your home easier to heat, it will lengthen the life of your boiler, by creating a consistent living environment. It can also improve the energy rating of your home.

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* £200 saving drawn from Energy Saving Trust figures in 2017