It is important to insulate your home to stop heat escaping from the building and avoid wasting energy. Wasted energy is also wasted money on your fuel bills, while improved insulation and draught proofing will help to make your home more comfortable.
Before upgrading your heating systems, it is important to take a ‘fabric first’ approach to reducing your home’s energy requirements. The best way to do this is to install insulation throughout your home.
The percentage of energy lost from un-insulated parts of a typical three bed semi-detached house:*
- Roof – 25%
- Walls – 35%
- Floor – 15%
- Windows – 10%
- Draughts – 15%
*according to Energy Saving Trust
For more information on different types of insulation and the savings you could make, go to the Energy Saving Trust website.
Healthy Homes Ealing
The Healthy Homes Ealing Helpline offers advice on how to make sure your home is warm, ways to reduce your energy bills, and to assist in accessing grants to upgrade your insulation and heating. You may be eligible for a home energy advice consultation from our Green Doctors if your health is affected by a cold home. Call 0800 083 2265 or complete our self-referral form to see what help is offered. You may also make a referral on behalf of someone else if you are an agency or carer (please make sure that you have permission before referring another person).
Grant funding is currently available for first time central heating installation and insulation for homes through the Warmer Homes program. Warmer Homes has funding for measures such as low carbon heating and wall insulation, if you are on a low income (below £30,000 a year) and your house has a poor EPC rating (E, F or G) you could qualify for free support. Apply at www.warmerhomes.org.uk or by calling 0800 038 5737.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
You may be able to upgrade your insulation through an ECO grant if you meet the eligibility criteria.