Government Announces £1 Billion Insulation Scheme

At VOR Group, we’re committed to keeping you informed about the latest developments in energy efficiency and sustainability in the home. Today, we’re pleased to share news from the UK government about their £1 billion Great British Insulation Scheme. The new scheme will boost help for those on the lowest incomes as well as extend support to a wider range of households compared to other existing government-funded schemes.

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Those eligible for support under the Great British Insulation Scheme include families in council tax bands A-D in England, A-E in Scotland, and Wales, with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or below. The key difference to this scheme is that it is open to homeowners, landlords or tenants, potentially offering a significant boost for the rental sector ahead of the current government proposals mandating EPC C for all new lettings by 2025 and continuing tenancies by 2028.

Here, we’ll look into the benefits of the scheme, eligibility, and the application process.

Understanding the £1 Billion Insulation Scheme

The UK government’s £1 billion insulation scheme is a substantial step towards achieving national energy efficiency and climate goals. The primary aim is to provide financial support to households for upgrading their insulation, thereby reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.

This scheme is particularly targeted at low-income and vulnerable households, you can be a homeowner, landlord or tenant (either renting privately or from a housing association).

Key Features of the Scheme

  1. Financial Assistance: The government will provide financial support to help cover the costs of insulation upgrades. This support is a crucial element in making energy-efficient improvements accessible to everyone.
  2. Energy Bill Savings: Upgrading your home’s (or your rental property’s) insulation can lead to significant reductions in energy bills. Proper insulation keeps homes warm in winter and cool in summer, resulting in lower heating and cooling costs.
  3. Environmental Impact: Enhanced energy efficiency reduces energy consumption, which in turn lowers carbon emissions, contributing to the UK’s efforts to combat climate change.
  4. Health Benefits for Residents: Better insulation not only costs money but also improves indoor air quality. This can lead to better health outcomes by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants and damp.

How to Apply for the Scheme

Applying for the £1 billion insulation scheme is straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

  1. Check Eligibility: Visit the official government website to determine if you qualify for the scheme. Eligibility criteria depend on your energy supplier, household income, and other considerations.
  2. Assessment: If eligible, your energy supplier will contact you to arrange an assessment of your property. During this assessment, experts will evaluate your insulation needs and recommend specific upgrades.
  3. Apply: Once you’ve received your assessment and recommendations, follow the provided instructions to apply for the scheme. Be sure to have all necessary documentation ready, as this will expedite the application process.
  4. Approval and Installation: If your application is approved, contractors will be scheduled to carry out the insulation upgrades in your home.

You can read up on the scheme and eligibility here

VOR’s view

Whilst this scheme is s step in the right direction towards Net Zero, think of this as retrofit-lite; for optimal, and best value, results insulation should not be considered in isolation, and fabric measures must include a review and improvements to ventilation.  A whole house retrofit takes a holistic approach to the installation of energy efficiency measures (EEMs) which considers the requirement of the entire building, both from a technical perspective and taking into consideration other factors, like occupant comfort. Looking at the existing energy demand, condition of the building, constraints, and identifying areas where improvements can be made. Improvements will include insulation but also improvements to ventilation, implementation of more energy-efficient heating systems, and continuous monitoring and evaluation. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to energy efficiency.