|Company||What is on offer?||Who is eligible?||How can I apply?|
|Energy Saving Trust||Free grants||Contact to see if you are eligible||energysavingtrust.org.uk|
or call 0300 123 1234
|British Gas||Free loft insulation||Based on where you live and the type of house you live in.||britishgas.co.uk|
or call 0800 078 3414
|EDF Energy||Free loft insulation||Based on where you live, the type of house you live in and if you are on certain benefits.||edfenergy.com|
or call 0800 096 8634
|E.ON||Free loft insulation||Depends on whether you receive certain income related benefits.||eonenergy.com|
|nPower||Free loft insulation||Based on where you live, the type of house you live in and if you are on certain benefits.||npower.com|
or call 0800 072 1741
(0330 100 8123 from a mobile)
|SSE||Free loft insulation||SSE customers and non-customers in receipt of certain benefits.||sse.co.uk|
or call 0800 980 7537
Note: Before taking up any deal, you’ll need to read the small print for each insulation offer to make sure you and your home are eligible. Companies typically need to be able to insulate at least two thirds of your loft space, and exclude properties with more than 60mm of loft insulation already in place. Also, you may not be eligible if you live in a rented property, flat or maisonette, or a housing association or council property. Most deals apply only to people living in mainland Great Britain. You may need to pay towards the cost of your ‘free’ insulation if you live in a particularly large or unusual house.
Possible problem – damp lofts
Insulation stops heat escaping from living spaces, so it will make your loft space cooler. This could introduce or worsen existing damp or condensation problems. If you are installing loft insulation, be aware that you may need to increase ventilation.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) shows how energy efficient a house is, and you will need an EPC when you want to sell your house. A home’s EPC shows an overall energy-efficiency rating for your home from A-G. ‘A’ represents the most energy efficient properties and ‘G’ the worst. The EPC also contains advice on how to cut carbon emissions and fuel bills by making home improvements.
Fitting insulation is an effective way of raising your home’s energy-efficiency rating. If you don’t have insulation installed, the EPC will recommend the type and level of insulation required for maximum efficiency.