Cavity Wall Insulation in Leicestershire
For many homes built before the 1980’s open cavities can be an expensive drain on energy efficiency. In fact, a home without cavity wall insulation can lose as much as 35% of its heat through the walls. Cavity Wall insulation can reduce your energy bills by £140 a year.
Cavity Wall insulation is quick and cost effective. You start saving money on your energy bills straight away. If your home was built before the 1980’s, you may well have walls with open cavities. This is a major source of heat loss for many buildings.
Why Cavity Wall Insulation?
- Save on average £140 per year
- Very cost effective insulation
- Easy to install – completed in just a few hours
- Stop wasting energy
- Be Greener – reduce your carbon emissions
Many homes built before the 1980’s have walls that were built with 2 layers of brick and a small gap in between. Air can act as insulation – as long as it is not moving. Unfortunately, the air that is in this brick wall cavity is not static, in fact it is transferring heat from inside your home to outside. This is a major issue for many homeowners throughout the UK, who are living in properties constructed before more efficient building methods replaced the cavity wall. By filling in the cavity with insulation materials you restrict the movement of air, keeping valuable heat inside your home and reducing your energy costs.
Financing Cavity Wall Insulation
Energy efficiency is a hot topic for the Government right now. With carbon emission targets high they want as many homes as possible to get insulated in the next few years. There are a number of initiatives to help UK home-owners have the work done without having to feel the pinch. These include ECO. (Energy Companies Obligation)
Energy Companies Obligation (ECO)
The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is an energy efficiency programme that was introduced into Great Britain at the beginning of 2013. It replaces two previous schemes, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). ECO places legal obligations on the larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency measures to domestic energy users. It operates alongside theGreen Deal which is designed to help people make energy efficiency improvements to buildings by allowing them to pay the costs through their energy bills rather than upfront. ECO is intended to work alongside the Green Deal to provide additional support in the domestic sector, with a particular focus on vulnerable consumer groups and hard-to-treat homes.
Under the rules of ECO, energy suppliers are obliged to help improve the energy efficiency of their domestic customers’ buildings in three distinct areas:
1. Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation(CERO)
Under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation, energy companies must concentrate efforts on hard-to-treat homes and measures that cannot be fully funded through the Green Deal. Solid wall insulation and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation are the primary areas for focus under this target. Other insulation measures and connections to district heating systems are also eligible if they are promoted as part of a package that includes solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation.
2. Community Obligation(CSCO/CSCO Rural)
Under the Carbon Saving Community Obligation, energy companies must focus on the provision of insulation measures and connections to domestic district heating systems supplying areas of low income. This target has a sub-target, which states that at least 15 and additional 10 per cent of each supplier’s Carbon Saving Community Obligation must be achieved by promoting measures to low income and vulnerable households living in rural areas.
3. Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation(HHCRO)
Under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation, energy suppliers are required to provide measures which improve the ability of low income and vulnerable households (the ‘Affordable Warmth Group’) to heat their homes. This includes actions that result in heating savings, such as the replacement or repair of a boiler for example.