FREE Insulation
Grants Scotland

Free Insulation Grants Scotland

Envirohomes Renewables is Scotland’s leading insulation installer. We are one of the biggest providers of home renewable services in Scotland. Insulation is an extremely important part of making a household more energy efficient and lowering energy bills. 

Our insulation installers focus on the following insulation services:

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

We have achieved the most valuable industry accreditations, including the PAS 2030 Certification, so you can trust our Scottish insulation installers to provide a professional and efficient service.

We currently focus on providing insulation services to  low-income households on benefits. Through the Government’s ECO 4 grants, we provide fully funded home insulation. You can find out more about the ECO 4 grants qualification requirements below.

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme was set up by the UK and Scottish Governments to provide free energy-saving measures for those with low incomes or who live in vulnerable households. The ECO4 scheme – the latest iteration – aims to improve the energy efficiency of these households, making them warmer while reducing their emissions.

In order for the UK to reach its net-zero goal by 2050, the government needs to make sure that everyone has the means to reduce their household emissions. The first step in this process is to ensure houses use fossil fuels sparingly and efficiently. This can be done through home improvements like the installation of free loft insulation, solid wall insulation and room-in-roof insulation, among others.

However, 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.

The criteria for the ECO4 scheme require that you either own and live in the house you wish to receive the funding for or you live in privately rented accommodation. You will also need to receive one of the following 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 recipient of the qualifying benefit can be anyone who lives in the energy inefficient house that will benefit from the improvements. This includes grandparents and 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?

Eco-friendly insulation can offer several advantages. These benefit not only the homeowner (or tenants) but the environment, too.

Here are some of the main benefits of using eco-friendly insulation materials:

  • Energy efficiency: Eco-friendly insulation materials like recycled cellulose, wool, or other natural fibres, have fantastic thermal properties. They are effective in regulating indoor temperatures, which ultimately reduces the need for heating and cooling systems within your home. In turn, this leads to less energy consumption and lower heating bills.

  • Reduced environmental impact: Usually, eco-friendly materials for insulation are made from renewable or recycled materials. Using these materials can help to divert waste away from landfills and lessen the demand for virgin resources. This lowers the carbon footprint that is typically associated with insulation manufacturing.

  • Improved indoor air quality: Many traditional insulation materials tend to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful chemicals into the air. Eco-friendly options are usually free from synthetic chemicals and additives, which contributes to healthier indoor air quality.

  • Sustainability: Most eco-friendly insulating material is renewable and sustainable. For example, cellulose, hemp, and wool can be grown or manufactured with fewer resources compared to standard insulation options.

  • Durability: Some eco-friendly insulation materials have a longer lifespan in comparison with traditional materials. A good example of this is wool insulation is known for its durability and resistance to degradation over time.

  • Noise reduction: Having insulation of any kind in your home can help to reduce noise from outside or between walls of your home.

  • Moisture regulation: Certain natural insulation materials have the ability to absorb and release moisture. This can help to regulate indoor humidity levels and prevent mould growth inside your home.

  • Resale value: Having eco-friendly insulation in a home can sometimes be an attractive feature for potential buyers if you’re selling your home.

  • Incentives and rebates: In some regions, using eco-friendly materials may make 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

Apart from free insulation, there a numerous other energy-saving measures you could also benefit from under the Energy Company Obligation scheme. Having more than one of these features installed can boost your chances of bringing down your energy bills. 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, it is a necessity to have a properly insulated home in Scotland. If your home has little or no insulation, you run the risk of losing up to 45% of any heat generated within your home, according to the Energy Saving Trust. This means that you will constantly be trying to regulate the temperature within your home by turning up your central heating, which increases your energy bills every month.

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