What is the Great British Insulation Scheme?

What you need to know about the Great British Insulation Scheme including who is eligible, what’s included and how to apply.

The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS), formerly known as ECO+, is a government-funded initiative that aims to improve the energy efficiency of homes across England, Scotland, and Wales. By installing energy-efficient insulation measures, such as cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, and loft insulation, the scheme aims to reduce fuel poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

Benefits of the GBIS

The GBIS offers numerous benefits to eligible households, including:

– Reduced energy bills: By sealing up heat escapes, insulation measures can significantly lower heating costs, saving households up to £300 per year on their energy bills.

– Improved comfort: A well-insulated home stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, providing a more comfortable living environment. 

– Reduced carbon emissions: Minimizing heat loss from homes helps conserve energy and contributes to lowering the country’s overall carbon footprint.

– Enhanced property value: Proper insulation can increase the value of a property, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

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Who is eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme?

The criteria for the scheme are set by Ofgem. The scheme is currently only available for homeowners and private tenants. 

Somebody living in the property must be in receipt of one of the means-tested  benefits listed below:

– Child Benefit
– Pension Guarantee Credit
– Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
– Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
– Income Support
– Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits)
– Universal Credit
– Housing Benefit
– Pension Credit Saving Credit

There are also additional qualifying factors including EPC rating and Council Tax Banding. These differ based on location, so we can help check this for you.

What's included as part of the Great British Insulation Scheme?

The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) offers eligible homeowners or tenants in England, Scotland, and Wales financial support for energy-efficient insulation measures, including:

 

Cavity wall insulation: Filling the gaps between walls to prevent heat loss.

Solid wall insulation: Applying insulation to the inside or outside of solid walls.

Loft insulation: Adding insulation to the loft to prevent heat loss from the roof.

Flat or pitched roof insulation: Installing insulation in flat or pitched roofs to minimize heat loss.

Underfloor insulation: Placing insulation below the floor to prevent heat from escaping through the floor.

 

A surveyor will assess the property for the most suitable type and level of insulation required. The householder may also receive thermostats for free as part of the scheme.

Why is home insulation so important?

Insulation is a crucial component of any home, playing a vital role in maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient living environment. It acts as a barrier against heat transfer, preventing excessive heat loss in the winter and unwanted heat gain in the summer. By effectively sealing up air gaps and preventing heat from escaping, insulation helps to regulate the temperature within a home, ensuring consistent comfort throughout the year.

The benefits of proper insulation extend beyond mere comfort. By minimizing heat loss, insulation significantly reduces the demand for heating and cooling appliances, leading to lower energy consumption and associated costs. This eco-friendly approach not only saves households money on their energy bills but also contributes to a greener environment by reducing carbon emissions

Percentage of heat lost through poorly insulated homes.

Check if you qualify for the Great British Insulation Scheme

Do you want to check if you’re eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme? Just complete your details below to check whether you qualify for free insulation for your home. 

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