“I’m interested in getting my loft insulated. Is it really that effective at saving energy and money? What should I know before getting it done? Are there any government grants to help with the cost and what are my options?”
Loft insulation is a very simple and effective measure that can keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills. Although the CERT funding stream ended last year, it is still possible to get your loft insulated for free in 2013 thanks to ECO Funding and/or the Green Deal.
Does loft insulation really save money?
According to the Energy Saving Trust, loft insulation can save you around £175 a year. This figure is based on a typical 3 bedroom semi-detached house with gas central heating, and zero loft insulation to begin with.
It is also quite easy and straightforward for a competent DIY-er to install. But having said that, most people reading this will be eligible to have their loft professionally insulated for free, using government-backed funding. Find out if you qualify by booking a free home survey with an energy surveyor.
What should I know before I get my loft insulated?
Free government schemes will pay to get your loft insulated between and on top of the ceiling joists — they will not pay to put insulation between your roof joists if you are planning a loft conversion. Also be aware that the recommended insulation thickness is now 270mm. This means that the insulation will completely cover your ceiling joists and you won’t be able to store items on top of it. This type of insulation works better the thicker it is, so you want to avoid squashing it.
What you can do if you’re a DIY-er is put boards on top of your insulation. But remember, if your insulation is 270mm thick, your boards need to be raised in order for the insulation to be effective.
Can I get loft insulation for free?
It depends on your personal circumstances and the area you live in, but most people can qualify for free insulation. We would advise that you act quickly before government policies change (as they often do). Contact us to find out more.