What is the Great British Insulation Scheme and what will it achieve?
The Great British Insulation Scheme is a Government funded grant scheme designed to encourage homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their property.
The UK has some of the oldest and least efficient housing in Europe. The recent energy crisis caused the the covid pandemic and the Russian war in Ukraine has highlighted how vulnerable UK households are to international energy markets.
Improving the efficiency of homes by installing insulation measures will reduce the amount of heat and power that is wasted. This improves the ability of a building to hold in the heat that comes from radiators, meaning that less heat is required to keep people feeling warm and comfortable.
Because less heat is being wasted, household energy bills go down too, helping people to save money for other things. Furthermore, when a home does not need as much heat to keep people at a comfortable temperature, then the carbon emissions associated with the home go down too. This helps the UK to meet its climate change commitment, which is to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by the year 2050.
The Great British Insulation Scheme will run from Summer 2023 until March 2026.
How much is the Great British Insulation Scheme grant funding worth?
The Great British Insulation Scheme will make £1billon of grant funding available for homeowners to improve the energy performance of their properties.
Households can apply for up to £1,500 of funding, which can be used to install energy efficiency improvement measures such as loft and wall insulation.
If the work that needs to be done will cost more than £1,500, then the homeowner will be expected to contribute towards the remaining costs of the energy improvement works.
What energy efficiency measures are included under the Great British Insulation Scheme?
The Great British Insulation Scheme can be used to fund a variety of energy improvement measures in the home.
Some of the measures that are included under the scheme are:
- loft insulation
- pitched roof insulation
- flat roof insulation
- under floor insulation
- solid floor insulation
- park home insulation
- room-in-roof insulation
- secondary heating controls
- cavity wall insulation
- solid wall insulation (both external and internal)
Who is eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme?
Eligibility for the Great British Insulation Scheme is based on the existing energy performance of a building and the Council Tax band that the property is located in.
To be eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme a households must meet both of the following criteria:
- Be living in a home with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or below.
- Be living in a home that falls within Council Tax bands A-D in England.
The programme is available to both owner-occupiers and private rental sector tenants who have permission from the landlord for works to be carried out.
Council housing and housing association properties are not included under the Great British Insulation Scheme.
What energy saving measures should you get installed for your home?
Deciding on the most cost-effective energy saving measures for your home can be tricky.
Some information will be given in the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of the building, but this does not go into much detail.
To make sure that you install the most cost-effective energy saving measures for your home we advise getting a BHESCo Energy Survey.
A BHESCo energy advisor will visit your home and perform a thorough examination of the property, identifying areas where heat and power are being wasted and suggesting the most effective ways to make improvements.
You will be issued with a Home Energy Report which details our findings and conclusions. The report will measure and compare the anticipated reduction in demand that we would expect from installing different types of energy saving measures and other renewable energy solutions.
This enables you to draw conclusions about which combination of technologies will best meet the heat and power requirements of your property, as well as being able to consider upfront cost and future savings projections to help you make the best decisions.
Get a home energy survey from BHESCo
If you want to find out which areas of your home need improvement and what the most cost-effective solutions are then speak to a member of our team about a BHESCo Energy Survey.
How to apply for the Great British Insulation Scheme?
Fod the most up to date information on the Great British Insulation Scheme and hoe to apply visit the UK Government’s dedicated webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-joins-with-households-to-help-millions-reduce-their-energy-bills