In 2014 one of your priorities should be improving the insulation of your home. After all, insulation is key to retaining heat and with the rising prices of grid gas and electricity, you’ll want to save as much as possible.
To help you on your way to achieving energy efficiency, the Government have launched the Affordable Warmth Scheme, also known as Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation, or HHCRO for short.
The Affordable Warmth Scheme is part of the Government’s larger ECO agenda, which is funded by the ‘big six’ energy companies including British Gas, Npower and EDF.
With the scheme you can receive support for the installation of a new boiler, cavity wall insulation and loft lagging.
How can I benefit?
There are three energy efficiency measures on offer with the Affordable Warmth Scheme:
- A replacement boiler
Did you know that heating your home accounts for around 60% of your total energy bill? So with an old and inefficient boiler you’re wasting hundreds of pounds a year on bills. An A-rated replacement is the perfect solution.
- Loft insulation
Heat naturally rises, making it important to insulate the loft in an effort to retain more warmth in the home. With loft insulation you can save up to £200 a year on your energy bills.
- Cavity wall insulation
If your home was built after 1920 it’s likely to have cavity walls. This means there are two layers of brick with a gap in the middle (the cavity). By filling this gap with insulation you’ll lock more heat in the property, slashing expensive bills.
How can I get free insulation?
All of the above could be fitted in your home for free, because of the Government’s ECO scheme. The idea is to reduce dangerous carbon emissions, so to do this; properties need to become more efficient.
The scheme is directly funded by energy companies and provided to people who need it most. If you meet the eligibility criteria then these improvements can be made free of charge. On top of this, you can then save hundreds of pounds annually.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Improving your home efficiency with insulation will help you to save hundreds of pounds every year on heating bills.
- As heat naturally rises, loft lagging acts as a superb insulator to retain warmth in the home.
- 20% of heat can be lost through inefficient walls, so consider wall cavity and solid wall insulation.
- You could be wasting £200 a year on heat with inefficient windows. Consider replacement double glazing.