Insulation: The Advantages, Payment Details, and Grants

Home insulation is the ideal way to greatly reduce costs associated with heating and cooling. For people who want a constant temperature inside their homes, along with cheaper bills to pay, home insulation is the way to go.

Some key advantages of insulation are as follows:

Insulation prevents heat loss, and thereby puts a stop to exorbitant heating bills.

It protects homes from fire damage.

Expect your interior temperature to remain unaffected, irrespective of the temperature changes the exterior environment experiences.

Efficient noise absorption, which guarantees excellent acoustics inside.

Generally, insulation products are very durable in nature, and can last for a lifetime.

Various kinds of insulation include:

Cavity Wall Insulation

Draught Proofing

Floor Insulation

Loft Insulation

Roof Insulation

Solid Wall Insulation

DIY or a Professional Installer?

You could definitely reduce gas bill and other bills of your home by installing insulation by yourself. But it all comes down to the circumstances. Loft insulation and draught proofing are relatively simple affairs, and with a bit of technical knowledge, you can do it all by yourself without spending much money. However, the other kinds of insulation mentioned above generally need professional assistance, and costs generally range from £415 to £10,000.

In terms of savings, insulation can help you save a lot of money. On an average, homes with floor insulation save around £85 every year, while homes with loft installation can save up to £180 in the same period. In the long run, insulation pays for itself. However, in the initial phase, it might be difficult to gather the money required to install insulation, which has led to the demand for insulation grants.

Prior to 2013, people could apply for insulation grants under the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) for cavity wall insulation grants and other types of insulation grants. However, the scheme was discontinued, but people can still apply for free home insulation through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). In order to qualify for the free insulation scheme, people are expected to meet certain criteria, which you can find out if you dial 0300 123 1234 for the Energy Saving Advice Service.

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