Did you know you can now get up to £6000 from the government for installing insulation in solid wall properties? You will need a green deal assessment (cost £100-150, £100 of which you can claim back if you make energy saving improvements ) and then you can claim 75% of the cost of installing the insulation, up to a value of £6000. Extra insulation can really save you a lot of money on your energy bills. You may have heard of ‘Passivhaus’, these kinds of buildings are fitted with 220mm of insulation in the walls and 270 – 300mm in the roof and the inhabitants of these houses rarely need to turn the heating on! Clearly it is not possible for everyone to achieve this level in a retrofit project, but significant savings can be made and significantly improve your comfort. If you are thinking about an extension or other refurbishment works to your home this would be a great time to apply for the green deal and get the maximum advantage. If you are planning to buy a house, you should also bear this in mind as the government is offering an extra £500 for homeowners who apply within the first 12 months of owning a home.

In addition to this excellent deal there are many other improvements the government is part funding, you can get up to £1000 towards any two of the following:

  • a condensing gas boiler on mains gas
  • double or triple glazing as a replacement for single glazing
  • secondary glazing
  • replacement doors
  • cavity wall insulation
  • floor insulation
  • flat-roof insulation
  • insulation for a room in the roof
  • a replacement warm air unit
  • replacement storage heaters
  • flue gas heat recovery units
  • a waste water heat recovery system

For further details please look at the government’s green deal website pages