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Grants Shetland

Free Insulation Grants Shetland

Envirohomes Renewables stands at the forefront of Shetland’s insulation industry, committed to enhancing home energy efficiency and reducing costs. As a trusted provider of renewable energy solutions, we recognize the pivotal role insulation plays in sustainable living.

Our team specializes in offering a wide array of insulation services, which include:

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

Rest assured, our team of insulation specialists in Scotland holds the esteemed PAS 2030 Certification, ensuring their expertise and dedication to providing top-tier service.

We prioritize assisting low-income households with benefits by offering fully funded home insulation through Government’s ECO 4 grants. Below, we provide detailed information on the qualification criteria for ECO 4 grants, ensuring eligible households can access improved insulation without financial strain.

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, a collaborative initiative between the UK and Scottish Governments, addresses the energy needs of financially strained or vulnerable households by offering free energy-saving solutions. The most recent iteration, ECO4, emphasizes enhancing the energy efficiency of these homes to foster warmth and diminish emissions.

Aligned with the UK government’s ambitious target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, ensuring widespread access to effective household emission reduction measures is imperative. A fundamental component of this effort involves optimizing the utilization of fossil fuels within residential premises. Consequently, ECO4 provides various home improvement options, such as complimentary installation services for loft insulation, solid wall insulation, room-in-roof insulation, and other enhancements.

For those on a low income or who are vulnerable often do not have the means to fund these improvements themselves. To ensure that the transition to a greener future is fair and accessible, the government introduced the ECO4 scheme across England, Scotland, and Wales.

The scheme is funded by medium and larger energy suppliers across the UK, hence the name “Energy Company Obligation”. Set to run from 2023 to 2026, the ECO4 grant has budgeted around £4 billion to make energy efficiency improvements to roughly 300,000 UK homes that are considered to be at risk of fuel poverty.

To receive this funding, you first need to determine whether you fit the required eligibility criteria.

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.

In order to qualify for the ECO4 scheme, you must fulfill specific criteria. This includes being the owner and resident of the property you’re seeking funding for, or alternatively, residing in privately rented accommodation. Additionally, eligibility requires that you receive one of the designated 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: The eligible recipient of the qualifying benefit extends to anyone residing in the energy-inefficient residence slated for improvements. This encompasses a varied demographic, including grandparents, parents, a disabled child, or a spouse.

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?

Utilizing eco-friendly insulation brings forth a myriad of advantages for homeowners and the environment alike.

Below are the key benefits associated with eco-friendly insulation materials:

  • Enhanced Energy Efficiency: Eco-friendly insulation materials, such as recycled cellulose or natural fibers like wool, possess superior thermal properties. They adeptly regulate indoor temperatures, curbing the need for excessive heating or cooling. Consequently, energy consumption decreases, leading to reduced utility bills.

  • Reduced Environmental Footprint: Typically sourced from renewable or recycled materials, eco-friendly insulation mitigates waste accumulation in landfills and diminishes reliance on virgin resources. This curtails the carbon footprint linked with insulation production, fostering environmental sustainability.

  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Unlike conventional insulation materials prone to emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful chemicals, eco-friendly alternatives are devoid of synthetic additives. This preservation of indoor air quality contributes to a healthier living environment by minimizing pollutant exposure.

  • Sustainability: Most eco-friendly insulation materials are derived from renewable sources. For instance, cellulose, hemp, and wool can be cultivated or processed with minimal resource input, promoting long-term environmental balance.

  • Enhanced Longevity: Certain eco-friendly insulation materials, such as wool, boast prolonged durability compared to their traditional counterparts. This durability translates to fewer replacements, thereby conserving resources and reducing environmental impact.

  • Noise Abatement: Regardless of type, insulation aids in dampening external noise and sound transmission between walls, fostering a tranquil indoor ambiance conducive to relaxation.

  • Effective Moisture Management: Natural insulation materials possess innate moisture absorption and release capabilities, regulating indoor humidity levels and thwarting mold growth. This promotes a healthier indoor environment and preserves structural integrity.

  • Increased Property Value: The presence of eco-friendly insulation can serve as a compelling selling point, enhancing the appeal and resale value of a property, particularly in environmentally-conscious markets.

  • Financial Incentives: In regions incentivizing energy efficiency, homeowners adopting eco-friendly insulation materials may qualify for tax credits, rebates, or other financial incentives, further incentivizing sustainable home upgrades.

What Type
Of Energy Efficient Insulation Changes Can Be Made?

room in roof insulation
underfloor insulation

FAQs

Aside from free insulation, the ECO4 scheme offers several other energy-efficient options. Implementing multiple measures can significantly reduce energy costs. These include:

  • 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.

Yes, proper insulation is essential for homes in Shetland. Inadequate insulation can lead to up to 45% heat loss, according to the Energy Saving Trust. This inefficiency results in increased reliance on central heating and higher monthly energy expenses.

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