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Insulation Grants Scotland 2024

There are various different home insulation grants available in Scotland during 2024, this blog is going to breakdown all of the main government schemes and the types of insulation our partner installers can install for you as TrustMark approved companies.

The three government grants for home insulation in Scotland with the most funding during 2024 are the Eco 4 Scheme, The Great British Insulation Scheme and Home Energy Scotland’s “Warmer Homes Scotland” programme.  

You will likely have heard of the Home Energy Scotland grant and perhaps saw their advertising campaign on television. 

As for the Eco 4 Scheme, this is the largest government funded scheme with the goal of tackling fuel poverty and over £4 billion of funding available. 

The Great British Insulation Scheme is the largest government grant providing funding specifically for home insulation, with over £1 billion of funding being allocated to properly insulate homes in the UK.

Below we have broken down each government scheme in more detail and the measures of insulation grants available including loft insulation grants, cavity wall insulation grants, internal wall insulation grants and external wall insulation grants.

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Home Energy Scotland Insulation Grant 2024

In 2024, Home Energy Scotland provides funding of £10,000 or more to help you with home improvements that make your home more energy efficient via their Warmer Homes Scotland grants. Home insulation leads the way for this, with grants being awarded for the likes loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, often alongside other central heating and renewables.

Home Energy Scotland are an advisory service, there to help with free advice and support on how to make your home warmer and reduce energy bills. Based on your properties home reports and energy performance certificate (EPC rating) they will advise on whether you qualify for a grant and which type measure is top priority to improve your homes EPC rating. 

Home Energy Scotland are managed by the Energy Savings Trust and funded by the Scottish Government as part of the Net Zero Campaign

Grants are available for everyone via Home Energy Scotland, with criteria being that you are on council tax bands A to F and your homes EPC rating is D or below.

If you are on some kind of income related benefits, you can also qualify for 100% funded free home insulation. This is managed by and installed by Warmworks who like Home Energy Scotland, are also based in Edinburgh.

You can check if you eligible for an insulation grant from Home Energy Scotland by calling them to complete a home energy check report or completing a self assessment online.

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Eco 4 Scheme Insulation Grants Scotland 2024

The UK governments Eco 4 Scheme is the largest of its kind, aimed at targeting fuel poverty throughout the country. There is a total of over £4 billion of funding available a large percentage of which going towards home insulation.

Insulation grants awarded in Scotland during 2024 via the Eco 4 Scheme generally consist of another measure such as a new boiler, central heating system including air source heat pumps and other renewables such as solar panels.

The Eco 4 Scheme is split between the standard grants available to people receiving income related benefits and the Eco 4 Flex which opens up funding to people who are employed on lower incomes. If you earn less than £31,000 per year, the Eco 4 flex scheme can provide free or part funded home insulation. 

Just like Home Energy Scotland, the Eco 4 Scheme covers all types of insulation measures with loft insulation and cavity wall insulation being the two leading ones.

Generally speaking the Eco 4 Scheme provides grants for 100% free home insulation or at the very least heavily subsidised, so that you are only paying for a small percentage of the total cost.

 

Benefits That Qualify For Insulation Grants in Scotland

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Eco 4 Flex Insulation Grants Scotland 2024

Insulation Grants For People On Lower Incomes

The ECO 4 flex, also known as the local authority flex, is an additional grant option within the ECO 4 scheme aimed at assisting individuals with lower incomes. This program provides financial support to those with an income below £31,000 who do not receive benefits. To be eligible, applicants must live in a home with an EPC rating below D and meet other specified criteria.

This grant is available for home insulation in most local council areas of Scotland. However, through Insulation Scotland, the LA flex scheme is specifically limited to the Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, and North Lanarkshire local council areas. In these regions, our partner installers are authorised to proceed with installations if a grant is awarded.

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the Great British Insulation Scheme 2024

The Great British Insulation Scheme is available to people in Scotland during 2024, with over £1 billion of funding available specifically to properly insulate homes across the United Kingdom.

Unlike other insulation grants, the Great British Insulation Scheme is open for everyone to qualify. 

There are two different groups:

 The General Eligibility Group open to everyone living in properties with a council tax band A to E and EPC rating of D, E, F or G.

Low Income Group for people on one of the income related benefits listed below.

 

Insulation Grants For Everyone in Scotland

Benefits That Qualify For The Low Income Group

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Loft Insulation Grants Scotland 2024

Loft insulation grants in Scotland provide free or part funded loft insulation for homes throughout the country. Listed below are some of the benefits of having loft insulation installed:

Loft insulation is one of the leading measures for improving your home EPC rating.

Loft insulation reduces heat loss, helping to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This improves overall energy efficiency.

By retaining heat more effectively, loft insulation can significantly lower your heating and cooling bills, leading to substantial cost savings over time.

Improved energy efficiency reduces the amount of energy required to heat or cool your home, which in turn lowers your carbon footprint and helps in the fight against climate change.

Insulating your loft helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, enhancing comfort levels throughout your home by preventing drafts and cold spots.

Loft insulation can also act as a sound barrier, reducing external noise pollution and creating a quieter living environment.

Insulating your loft can help reduce condensation, which can prevent dampness and mold growth, protecting your home’s structure and improving indoor air quality.

Quality insulation materials have a long lifespan, often lasting for decades without needing replacement, making it a worthwhile long-term investment.

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Loft insulation improves your homes EPC rating.
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Best Materials For Loft Insulation

Our partner installers only install the best materials when it comes to loft insulation. There are several effective materials to consider, each with its own benefits. Here are some of the best materials for loft insulation:

Mineral Wool (Glass Wool or Rock Wool)

Glass Wool: Made from recycled glass, it is lightweight, easy to handle, and has good thermal and acoustic insulation properties.

Rock Wool: Made from volcanic rock, it offers excellent fire resistance and sound insulation along with thermal insulation.

Sheep’s Wool

Natural and sustainable, sheep’s wool is highly effective at regulating temperature and humidity. It is also biodegradable and has good soundproofing qualities.

Rigid Foam Boards (PIR boards)

PIR (Polyisocyanurate) and PUR (Polyurethane): These boards offer high insulation value and are moisture-resistant, making them suitable for loft spaces.

XPS (Extruded Polystyrene) and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene): These are lightweight and offer good insulation properties, though they are less effective than PIR and PUR.

Multifoil Insulation

Multifoil consists of multiple layers of reflective foil and insulating materials. It is thin, lightweight, and reflects radiant heat, making it a good option for additional insulation or in spaces with limited headroom.

Natural Fibre Insulation (Hemp, Cotton, Wood Fibre)

These materials are sustainable and environmentally friendly. They provide good thermal and acoustic insulation and are often treated to be fire-resistant and prevent pests.

Each of these materials has its own advantages and is suited for different types of lofts and insulation needs. The choice of material will depend on factors such as budget, environmental impact, ease of installation, and specific insulation requirements.

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Cavity Wall Insulation Grants Scotland 2024

Cavity wall insulation grants in Scotland provide free or part funded cavity wall insulation for homes throughout the country. Cavity wall has been shown to improve heat retention by up to 33%, see more of the benefits you can expect from cavity wall insulation on the table below:

Like loft insulation, cavity wall is one of the leading measures for improving your homes EPC rating.

Filling the gap between the inner and outer walls helps reduce heat loss, leading to more efficient heating and cooling of your home.

Improved energy efficiency can significantly lower your heating and cooling bills, resulting in long-term cost savings.

Insulating cavity walls helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, making your home more comfortable by eliminating cold spots and drafts.

By reducing the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home, cavity wall insulation helps lower your carbon footprint, contributing to environmental conservation.

Insulating cavity walls can also reduce the transmission of external noise, creating a quieter indoor environment.

Proper insulation can help prevent condensation within the walls, which reduces the risk of dampness, mould, and mildew, protecting both your health and the structural integrity of your home.

Energy-efficient homes are more attractive to buyers, and cavity wall insulation can enhance the value of your property by improving its energy performance rating.

The process of installing cavity wall insulation is typically quick and non-intrusive, often completed in a few hours without causing significant disruption to your home.

Cavity wall insulation is a durable solution that can last for many years, providing ongoing benefits without the need for frequent maintenance or replacement.

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Cavity wall insulation improves your homes EPC rating.
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Best Materials For Cavity Wall Insulation

Just like loft insulation, our partner installers only install the finest materials for cavity wall insulation. The best materials for cavity wall insulation include:

Mineral Wool (Glass Wool or Rock Wool)

Glass Wool: Made from recycled glass, it is lightweight, easy to install, and offers excellent thermal and acoustic insulation.

Rock Wool: Made from volcanic rock, it provides good thermal insulation, is fire-resistant, and also offers soundproofing benefits.

Polystyrene Beads or Granules

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Beads: Small, lightweight beads that can be blown into the cavity. They provide good insulation and are moisture-resistant.

Graphite-Enhanced Polystyrene Beads: These beads have added graphite, which improves their insulation properties.

Urea-Formaldehyde Injected Foam

This type of foam is injected into the cavity, where it expands and hardens. It provides good thermal insulation and fills even small gaps effectively.

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External Wall Insulation Grants Scotland 2024

External wall insulation grants in Scotland can provide a grant up to £7,500, a further £2,500 interest free loan or 75% towards the total cost for external wall insulation, which can be quite expensive given new roughcast or render also needs to be installed. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from external wall insulation:

Just like loft and cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation will improve your homes EPC rating.

By adding an insulating layer to the outside of your walls, you reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, leading to a more energy-efficient home.

Enhanced energy efficiency can result in significant savings on heating and cooling bills over time.

External wall insulation helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, making your home more comfortable by eliminating cold spots and drafts.

The external cladding used in insulation systems can improve the aesthetic appearance of your home, giving it a fresh and updated look.

Adding insulation to the external walls can reduce the amount of noise entering your home, providing a quieter living environment.

External wall insulation protects the building’s exterior from weather damage, reducing wear and tear on the walls and potentially extending the life of the building.

 

Homes with good insulation are more attractive to buyers. External wall insulation can significantly improve your property’s energy performance rating and overall market value.

Insulating the external walls helps prevent condensation on internal walls, which reduces the risk of mold growth and dampness, improving indoor air quality and health.

By reducing energy consumption, external wall insulation helps lower your carbon footprint, contributing to environmental conservation efforts.

External wall insulation can be applied to a variety of building types and surfaces, making it a flexible solution for improving thermal performance.

Since the work is done on the outside of the building, there is minimal disruption to the household during installation compared to internal insulation methods.

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Overall, external wall insulation is a practical and effective way to enhance the energy efficiency, comfort, and appearance of your home while also offering long-term financial and environmental benefits.

Approved External Wall Insulation Installers Scotland

You may have discovered after doing some searching online, it can be difficult to find external wall insulation installers who are approved for installing via government grants. Our partner installers are approved and can help you with your installation after a insulation grant has been awarded.

Best Materials For External Wall Insulation

When considering external wall insulation, several materials stand out for their effectiveness and suitability. Here are some of the best materials for external wall insulation:

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS):

*Lightweight and cost-effective.

*Provides good thermal insulation.

*Easy to handle and install.

*Resistant to moisture and decay.

Extruded Polystyrene (XPS):

*Similar to EPS but with a higher density.

*Offers better insulation properties and compressive strength.

*More resistant to water absorption.

Mineral Wool (Rock Wool):

*Excellent thermal and acoustic insulation.

*Fire-resistant and non-combustible.

*Permeable to water vapour, which helps prevent condensation and mould.

Phenolic Foam:

*High thermal performance with a low thickness.

*Fire-resistant and has a low smoke emission.

*Lightweight and easy to install.

Polyurethane Foam (PUR) and Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Boards:

*Both provide excellent thermal insulation with thin profiles.

*Polyisocyanurate has a higher thermal resistance compared to polyurethane.

*Both are moisture-resistant and durable.

Wood Fibre Insulation Boards:

*Made from natural wood fibers, making them an eco-friendly option.

*Good thermal and acoustic insulation properties.

*Breathable, allowing water vapor to pass through and reducing the risk of condensation.

Cork Insulation Boards:

*Sustainable and environmentally friendly.

*Provides good thermal and acoustic insulation.

*Resistant to moisture, fire, and pests.

Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs):

*Extremely high thermal insulation performance with a very thin profile.

*Often used in situations where space is limited.

*More expensive and require careful handling and installation.

Hemp Insulation Boards:

*Made from natural hemp fibres.

*Sustainable and biodegradable.

*Good thermal and acoustic properties.

Aerogel Insulation:

*Exceptional thermal insulation properties.

*Extremely lightweight and thin.

*Expensive and typically used in specialised applications where high performance is required in a limited space.

When choosing the best material for external wall insulation, consider factors such as thermal performance, cost, ease of installation, environmental impact, and specific requirements of your property. It’s also important to consult with a professional to ensure the chosen material is suitable for your building type and location.

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Internal Wall Insulation Grants Scotland 2024

Internal wall insulation grants in Scotland offer funding of up to £7,500 or 75% off the total installation cost. Like external wall insulation, internal wall insulation can be expensive depending on your property type and installation complications. Internal wall insulation offers several benefits, making it a popular choice for improving the energy efficiency and comfort of homes. Here are some key benefits:

Just like loft, external wall and cavity wall insulation, internal wall improves your homes energy performance certificate rating.

Internal wall insulation reduces heat loss through the walls, leading to lower energy consumption and improved thermal performance of your home.

By improving the energy efficiency of your home, internal wall insulation can significantly reduce heating and cooling bills, leading to long-term cost savings.

Insulating internal walls helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, eliminating cold spots and drafts, and creating a more comfortable living environment.

Internal wall insulation can help reduce noise transmission between rooms and from external sources, providing a quieter and more peaceful home environment.

It helps in keeping the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, enhancing the overall comfort of the living space.

Since the insulation is installed inside, there is no impact on the external appearance of the building. This is particularly beneficial for buildings with historical or aesthetic significance.

Proper internal insulation can help reduce condensation on internal walls, preventing dampness and mould growth, which can improve indoor air quality and protect the building’s structure.

Improving the energy efficiency of a home through internal wall insulation can enhance its market value and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Reducing energy consumption through better insulation lowers the carbon footprint of a home, contributing to environmental conservation efforts.

Internal wall insulation is particularly useful for buildings where external insulation is not possible or practical, such as those with solid walls or historical buildings.

Internal wall insulation can address thermal bridging issues in certain areas, improving the overall thermal performance of the building.

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Overall, internal wall insulation is a practical and effective solution for improving the energy efficiency, comfort, and value of your home while also offering environmental benefits.

Best Materials For Internal Wall Insulation

When considering internal wall insulation in Scotland, several materials are known for their effectiveness and suitability. Here are some of the best materials for internal wall insulation:

Rigid Foam Boards (PIR, PUR, XPS, or EPS):

Polyisocyanurate (PIR): Offers excellent thermal insulation with a relatively thin profile. It is also fire-resistant and has a high R-value per inch.

Polyurethane (PUR): Similar to PIR but with slightly different thermal properties. It is also effective in providing high insulation with a thin profile.

Extruded Polystyrene (XPS): Provides good thermal insulation and is resistant to moisture, making it suitable for areas prone to dampness.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS): Lightweight and cost-effective, providing good thermal insulation, though not as high-performing as PIR or XPS.

Mineral Wool (Rock Wool or Glass Wool):

Rock Wool: Made from volcanic rock, it offers excellent thermal and acoustic insulation and is fire-resistant.

Glass Wool: Made from recycled glass, it provides good thermal and acoustic insulation and is easy to install.

Fibreglass Batts: Commonly used for internal insulation, fibreglass batts are cost-effective and provide good thermal and sound insulation. They are easy to cut and fit between wall studs.

Sheep’s Wool:

Natural and sustainable, sheep’s wool is highly effective at regulating temperature and humidity. It is also biodegradable and offers good soundproofing qualities.

Hemp Insulation:

Made from natural hemp fibres, this eco-friendly option provides good thermal and acoustic insulation and is biodegradable and sustainable.

Cellulose Insulation:

Made from recycled paper treated with fire retardants, cellulose is an eco-friendly option that provides good thermal and sound insulation. It is typically blown into wall cavities.

Aerogel:

Known for its exceptional thermal insulation properties, aerogel is lightweight and thin, making it suitable for applications where space is limited. It is, however, more expensive than other materials.

Multifoil Insulation:

Consisting of multiple layers of reflective foil and insulating materials, multifoil insulation is thin, lightweight, and effective at reflecting radiant heat.

Cork Insulation:

Sustainable and environmentally friendly, cork insulation provides good thermal and acoustic properties and is resistant to moisture, fire, and pests.

Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs):

These panels offer extremely high thermal insulation performance with a very thin profile, making them suitable for applications where space is at a premium. They are more expensive and require careful installation.

Each of these materials has its advantages and is suited for different types of properties and insulation needs. The choice of material will depend on factors such as thermal performance, cost, ease of installation, environmental impact, and specific requirements of your property. It’s advisable to consult with a professional to determine the best insulation material for your particular situation.

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Insulation Grants Across Scotland

Our partner insulation installers and surveyors are located throughout Scotland providing installation of home insulation in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Fife, Highland, Inverclyde, Inverness, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Stirling, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, The Borders, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian. 

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