External Wall Insulation Grants

22 July 2019

Are you considering getting an external wall insulation grant?

It is already a well-established fact that insulation can help you cut your home heating bills, particularly in homes with solid walls. Insulation can also reduce your environmental footprint. People, however, are deterred by the upfront costs of insulation, depsite the long-term savings. Nevertheless, thanks to legislation, you can now receive help with the costs of home insulation. You can even have all the costs covered altogether.

External Wall Insulation Grants

Solid walls in a home of any kind can cause heat loss twice as fast as through cavity walls. 35% of all heat loss from UK homes is conducted through solid walls.

Given that solid walls are a particular issue, there are a few key factors by which you can identify a solid wall:

  • A wall is 260 mm or thicker, it likely has a cavity
  • The bricks are laid in an oblong fashion, it likely has a cavity
  • The bricks are laid and some have the square end facing outwards, the wall is likely solid
  • Most homes built before 1920 have solid walls

The Potential Savings 

Besides the environmental benefits, home insulation carries huge potential savings in energy bills.

The Energy Savings Trust estimates that an annual saving of £460 can be achieved in an average detached house where insulation is installed.

These can be broken down further:

  • Loft insulation: between £115 and £215 per year
  • Floor insulation: between £25 and £65 per year
  • Wall cavity insulation: between £65 and 250 per year

Courtesy of potential savings such as these, insulation will pay for itself over time, even if it takes decades to do so.

If you are planning on remaining in your current property for some time, insulation would be a worthwhile investment.


External Wall Insulation Grants and Schemes

The potential savings for insulation can be huge. Though, for some the initial financial outlay can make it seem out of reach. However, thanks to relatively new legislation, you can receive external insulation grants. You can receive external insulation grants towards the costs of insulating your home. Also, you can even cover your home insulation cost completely.

This funding comes from energy companies. The funding is made legal under the Energy Company Obligation Scheme. Furthermore, those who receive certain benefits may be eligible for an insulation grant. They can also be eligible for a new boiler, under the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Are you not eligible for grants or funding? You can consider a number of other choices. Homeowners can carry out smaller, simpler insulations at a relatively low cost. For example, some of these jobs are loft insulation and draft-proofing.

Larger jobs, which require professional installation, will be more costly in the short term. However, these larger jobs will also yield greater savings.

At Gaffney & Guinan, we specialise in providing market-leading external insulation, rendering and cladding. External wall insulation provides the perfect solution for those with solid walls. External wall insulation coats the outside of your home without the need for extensive building work.

Find out how much you could save here.

Learn more about our expert insulation solutions here.