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Loft Insulation Scotland Grants

Envirohomes Renewables is Scotland’s leading loft insulation installer and we are renowned for providing professional loft insulation installation to Scotland.

Loft insulation is vital for preventing heat leaving through your roof in winter and stopping heat from penetrating your roof in summer. The harsh winters and increasingly warm summers in Scotland make loft insulation essential for all households. We take pride in offering quality loft insulation that lowers household energy bills, reduces personal carbon footprints, and helps Scotland reach its Net Zero goal.

All members of our team are qualified to the highest standard and we hold all the important home renewable accreditations, including:

• Qualitymark Protection
• Gas Safe Register
• PAS 2030 Certification
• Elmhurst Energy Assessment Accreditation

We currently specialise in providing fully funded loft insulation through the Government’s ECO 4 grant. The ECO 4 grant supports low-income households on benefits. To find out if you qualify, see the requirements outlined below.

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To propel Scotland’s ambitious plan to be carbon neutral by 2045, there are several initiatives that offer a free loft insulation grant, along with other energy-saving measures. However, the most prevalent and possibly the largest is the ECO4 scheme, backed by the UK and Scottish governments.

Before you apply to receive free loft insulation under the ECO4 grant, it’s important that you first understand the premise of the grant, its eligibility requirements and what the grant covers.

Energy Company Obligation 4 Scheme

The Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) grant, or ECO4, is a UK Government scheme that is aimed at improving energy efficiency in UK and Scottish homes. This is the fourth instalment of the government’s ECO scheme which is currently scheduled to run until March 2026.
Funded by medium and large energy suppliers, the ECO4 scheme aims to help eligible residents reduce their energy bills, with a primary focus on low-income households and those most at risk of fuel poverty.

The ECO4 grant covers a range of energy-saving measures, including heating upgrades, low-carbon technologies and free loft insulation. Generally, the scheme aims to enhance the power efficiency of properties. In particular, it aims to enhance this within homes that have inefficient energy systems like electric heaters, oil boilers, and liquefied petroleum gas central heating.

However, the scheme recognises that improved energy-efficient heating systems are usually only beneficial if a house is properly insulated. Without proper insulation, any heat generated through a heating system can ultimately be lost. For example, around 25% of heat can be lost in a house with an uninsulated loft.

This is why one of the key features of the ECO4 scheme is to provide loft insulation grants that are completely free for eligible households. The first step in applying for this grant is to check whether you are eligible (more on this below).

If you’re interested in benefitting from free loft insulation as part of this scheme, you can always reach out to Envirohomes Renewables. We specialise in installing eco-friendly boilers, solar panels, heat pumps and free loft insulation. We are also completely backed by the Scottish government’s ECO4 scheme.

Who Is Eligible
For The Loft Insulation Grant?

To qualify for the ECO4 free insulation grant, you'll need to meet the relevant eligibility criteria. Typically, the ECO4 grant prioritises homes in fuel poverty, individuals who are unable to pay their heating or energy bills and rural residences. This is because these are frequently the most vulnerable groups in our society.

Grant eligibility

  1. You either own your own home and live in it, or you rent from a private landlord. If you are a private tenant, you must have obtained permission from your landlord to apply for the grant and carry out the installations. This also implies that you are not residing in a council-owned residence (in which case, you would be ineligible).

  2. If at least one individual living in the house or the household meets the following requirements:
    • Households with low income. These are households where the combined household income is less than £31,000 per year.
    • A child under the age of five lives in the house.
    • One of the home’s occupants is above the age of 65 and is either vulnerable or struggling with severe health concerns.

  3. The house is vulnerable to colder living conditions based on the area.

  4. For homeowners and private landlords: Your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is E, F or G.

  5. For private sector tenants: The home’s EPC rating should be E, F or G to qualify.

Note: It’s important to remember that if you are applying for a grant that you are eligible for, your home is still required to be assessed by a qualified surveyor. The surveyor will determine whether your home meets the necessary criteria and will help you further your grant application (depending on the results of their assessment).

Qualifying allowances

  • Income-based Job-Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Qualifying benefits

  • Housing benefit
  • Child benefit

Qualifying credits

  • Child Tax Credits
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credits

What if I don’t meet the eligibility criteria?

If you’re interested in the ECO4 scheme but don’t meet the qualifying criteria, you may still be eligible for other insulation grants in Scotland. You may also be eligible for other energy efficiency improvements under the ECO4 grant, such as cavity wall insulation, central heating and more.

What Are The Advantages Of Insulating Your Loft?

Insulating your loft comes with several advantages that make it a smart investment for homeowners. Some of the benefits of loft insulation include:

  • Reduced energy bills: Loft insulation is a cost-effective way to improve the power efficiency of your home. The upfront cost of installation (which may be completely free with some grants) is often made up through your reduced energy and heating bills alone. For residents who are eligible for free loft insulation, these savings are beneficial in the long run without the upfront costs.

  • Energy efficiency: One of the most significant advantages of loft insulation is reduced energy consumption. By installing effective loft insulation, you can help to keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This means that your heating and cooling systems won’t be working as hard to regulate your home’s internal temperature.

  • Comfort: With proper home insulation, you can enjoy a more consistent and comfortable temperature inside of your home throughout the year. No more chilly draughts or sweltering heat!

  • Environmental benefits: Using less energy to heat or cool your home helps to reduce your carbon footprint. Loft insulation helps to lower greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production. In turn, this results in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly environment.

  • Moisture control: Loft insulation can help to control moisture and condensation within your home – particularly in your attic space. This is especially important for preventing mould, wood rot and damage to your roof’s structure.

What is
Loft Insulation And How Does It Work?

Loft insulation is a material that is installed in the space between your ceiling and your roof. It is typically installed in the attic or loft area of your home.

The main purpose of loft insulation is to lessen the amount of heat transferred between the inside of your home and the outside environment, which helps to maintain a more comfortable living space. With proper insulation, you can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer during the colder months.

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How loft insulation works

During cold weather, the heat from inside of your home naturally wants to escape through the roof. On the other hand, during the summer, heat tries to penetrate your roof, which can make your home uncomfortably warm. Loft insulation works as a barrier and reduces the rate at which heat is transferred in both directions.

What makes loft insulation so effective is that it uses specific materials to create this barrier and trap the air. This insulation is usually made from materials like foam boards, cellulose or mineral wool. The materials also work by slowing down the movement of heat through conduction (direct contact), convection (the circulation of air) and radiation (the emission of heat).

FAQs

The easiest way to apply for the ECO4 free loft insulation grant in Scotland is through Envirohomes Renewables. First, you will need to fill out the Check Eligibility form on our website. Alternatively, you can also contact our team of specialists directly on 0141 459 0292 or admin@envirohomesrenewables.co.uk.

Once your eligibility to receive the ECO4 grant has been confirmed, Envirohomes Renewables will be your guide through the process, from conducting the home survey to installing your new loft insulation.

Some of the grant programmes in Scotland allow you to apply for multiple power-saving measures at once. For example, you can apply for both loft insulation and cavity wall insulation under the ECO4 scheme at once. This can potentially provide you with a more comprehensive solution for your home’s energy usage.

The timeline for getting loft insulation installed depends on several factors. These factors include things like the size of your home and the specific measures that are being undertaken in conjunction with the installation of your loft insulation. On average, most loft insulation installations take a few days to around a week to complete. However, this may take less or more time based on external factors (such as the weather).

Apart from loft insulation, the ECO4 scheme also offers the following insulation home improvements:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Underfloor insulation
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Internal wall insulation
  • External wall insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
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