FREE Insulation
Grants Isle of Bute

Free Insulation Grants Isle of Bute

Envirohomes Renewables is Scotland’s premier insulation installer, offering essential home renewable services. We prioritize enhancing energy efficiency and reducing energy bills for homes throughout Isle of Bute.

Our core insulation services include:

  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Internal Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Room in Roof Insulation
  • Underfloor Insulation

Our Scottish insulation installers hold the highest industry accreditations, including the esteemed PAS 2030 Certification. This hallmark of quality underscores our commitment to delivering professional and efficient service, ensuring your satisfaction and peace of mind.

Our primary focus is on serving low-income households receiving benefits by offering premium insulation services. Through the Government’s ECO 4 grants, we provide fully funded home insulation solutions, empowering eligible individuals to improve their living conditions. Learn more about the qualification requirements for ECO 4 grants below to see how you can benefit from this program.

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative, jointly established by the UK and Scottish Governments, stands as a crucial program aimed at delivering free energy-saving solutions to individuals facing financial hardships or residing in vulnerable housing situations. Under the latest iteration known as ECO4, the primary objective remains steadfast: enhancing the energy efficiency of such households to promote warmth and reduce carbon emissions.

Aligned with the UK’s ambitious target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, it is imperative for the government to ensure equitable access to avenues for reducing residential carbon footprints. A pivotal step in this direction involves implementing strategic home improvements designed to optimize the use of fossil fuels. These measures include the installation of complimentary loft insulation, solid wall insulation, and room-in-roof insulation, among other impactful initiatives.

In striving for an inclusive transition to a greener future, it’s vital to ensure that those with limited financial means or heightened vulnerabilities have access to necessary improvements. To address this, the government has implemented the ECO4 scheme across England, Scotland, and Wales.

Funded by medium and large energy suppliers across the UK, the “Energy Company Obligation” (ECO) initiative is scheduled to run from 2023 to 2026. With a substantial budget of approximately £4 billion, its primary goal is to facilitate energy efficiency enhancements in about 300,000 homes across the UK, particularly those deemed at risk of fuel poverty.

However, before accessing this funding, it’s essential to ascertain whether you meet the stipulated eligibility criteria. This ensures fair and efficient distribution of resources to those most in need.

Do I Qualify
For Free Insulation
Through The ECO4 Scheme?

Determining whether or not you are eligible to receive ECO4 funding is the first step in making your home more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Meeting the criteria for the ECO4 scheme entails fulfilling certain conditions. Primarily, you must either be the owner-occupier of the property you seek funding for or be a tenant in privately rented housing. Furthermore, eligibility hinges on receiving one of the prescribed benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Mobility Supplement
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Note: Those eligible for the qualifying benefit include individuals residing in the energy-inefficient home slated for enhancements. This encompasses a broad spectrum, ranging from grandparents and parents to a disabled child or spouse within the household.

Alternatively, you could also qualify to receive funding if you live in social housing that has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G.

What Are The Benefits Of Eco-Friendly Insulation?

Eco-friendly insulation presents numerous advantages, benefiting both homeowners (or tenants) and the environment alike.

Below are the primary advantages of employing eco-friendly insulation materials:

  • Enhanced Energy Efficiency: Insulation materials like recycled cellulose, wool, or other natural fibers possess excellent thermal properties, effectively regulating indoor temperatures. This results in decreased reliance on heating and cooling systems, leading to lower energy consumption and reduced heating bills.

  • Minimized Environmental Impact: Typically derived from renewable or recycled sources, eco-friendly insulation materials help divert waste from landfills and decrease the demand for virgin resources. This mitigates the carbon footprint associated with insulation manufacturing.

  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Unlike many traditional insulation materials that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful chemicals, eco-friendly options are devoid of synthetic additives, contributing to healthier indoor air quality.

  • Sustainability: Most eco-friendly insulation materials are renewable and sustainable. For instance, cellulose, hemp, and wool can be cultivated or manufactured with fewer resources compared to conventional insulation options.

  • Enhanced Durability: Certain eco-friendly insulation materials boast longer lifespans than their traditional counterparts. Wool insulation, for example, is renowned for its durability and resistance to degradation over time.

  • Noise Reduction: Any form of insulation in a home aids in reducing external noise or sound transmission between walls.

  • Moisture Regulation: Specific natural insulation materials possess moisture absorption and release capabilities, helping regulate indoor humidity levels and thwart mold growth.

  • Increased Resale Value: The presence of eco-friendly insulation can be an appealing feature for potential buyers when selling a home.

  • Incentives and Rebates: In several regions, utilizing eco-friendly materials may render homeowners eligible for energy efficiency incentives, tax credits, or rebates.

What Type
Of Energy Efficient Insulation Changes Can Be Made?

room in roof insulation
underfloor insulation

FAQs

Besides free insulation, numerous other energy-saving measures are accessible under the Energy Company Obligation scheme. Incorporating multiple of these features can significantly enhance your potential for reducing energy expenses. These measures encompass:

  • Solar PV
  • Electric storage heater upgrade
  • First-time central heating
  • Non-condensing gas boiler upgrade

To apply for one of the ECO4 free grants, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to Envirohomes Renewables’s website.

  2. Fill out the Check Eligibility form or contact the team on 0141 459 0292 to determine whether you qualify to receive funding under this scheme.

  3. Should you fit the grant criteria, Envirohomes will be in contact with you to help submit your ECO4 grant application.

  4. One of our scheme-approved surveyors will come to inspect your property to assess what type of heating system or insulation measures you already have installed.

  5. The surveyor will then put together some recommendations of what energy-efficient measures would be best suited to your home and specific needs.

  6. Envirohomes Renewables will then carry out the necessary installation process.

  7. Upon completion, you will be able to reap the benefits of reduced carbon emissions and lower energy bills.

Certainly, it’s imperative to have adequate insulation in homes across Borders Isle of Bute. According to the Energy Saving Trust, inadequate insulation could result in up to 45% heat loss within your home. Consequently, you would constantly need to adjust your central heating, leading to escalated energy expenses each month.

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