Free loft insulation from energy suppliers
Some energy suppliers offer free insulation and free boilers to eligible households. Read on to find out if you qualify.
You could save up to £130 a year on your energy bills by insulating your loft, and £150 with cavity wall insulation if you live in a semi-detached house. Both can cost hundreds of pounds upfront to install, so it's worth checking whether you can get free insulation from your energy supplier first.
What free insulation can I get?
Some suppliers offer free insulation if you're eligible under the . For example, you may be eligible if you're on government benefits. But suppliers will also take into account how much your home will benefit from insulation.
The Green Homes Grant scheme will also provide free insulation to households in the lowest-income groups (you will need to be in receipt of certain government benefits). If you don't qualify for this, the scheme will also provide vouchers for at least two-thirds of the cost of some types of insulation for homeowners in England. Find out more about the , available from September 2020.
If you're concerned about your energy bills, it's worth seeing how much you could save by using our free energy comparison price website, Which? Switch. If you're on a standard tariff at the level of the price cap with one of the Big Six energy suppliers, you could save around £300 over a year by switching to a better deal.
EDF Energy: free insulation or subsidised boiler for customers
What can I get? Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation or a replacement A-rated gas boiler if yours is broken.
Who is eligible? EDF customers who either own their home or rent it privately and have an EPC rating of A-E. You, or someone in your household, must also receive one of the qualifying benefits (see ).
Subsidised boilers are only available for home owners. Your home will be assessed for suitability for insulation and whether you qualify for a boiler. You will need to contribute £240 towards a new boiler.
How can I apply? Call 0333 200 5119.
Eon: free insulation or discounted boiler if on selected benefits
What can I get? Free loft insulation and/or cavity wall insulation. A boiler for £240 if yours is broken or faulty.
Who is eligible? Eligibility is based on whether you receive certain income-related benefits (and therefore qualify for the ). You must own your home or rent privately. You don’t have to be an Eon customer.
Npower: free or subsidised insulation and boilers
What can I get? Free loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, or a boiler.
Who is eligible? You'll need to own your home and receive certain benefits to be eligible. But you don't have to be an Npower customer.
British Gas, SSE and Scottish Power
Neither British Gas, SSE nor Scottish Power currently offers free insulation or boilers.
Discounts on DIY insulation products
If you decide to install your own loft insulation, look out for the Energy Saving Trust logo to ensure you're buying insulation products that have been through a quality-control process and comply with building regulations.
You can buy loft insulation from shops such as B&Q and Homebase, and it typically costs between £17 and £30 for a roll.
What type of insulation do I need?
Before taking up any deal, you'll need to read the small print for each insulation offer to make sure you and your home are eligible. Companies typically need to be able to insulate at least two thirds of your loft space, and exclude properties with more than 60mm of loft insulation already in place.
You may not be eligible if you live in a rented property, flat or maisonette, or a housing association or council property. Most deals apply only to people living in mainland Britain. You may need to pay towards the cost of your 'free' insulation if you live in a particularly large or unusual house.
If you only need to heat a specific area – your living room while you watch TV in the evening, for example – you could consider an electric heater. Make sure you get one that doesn't rack up your energy bills using our guide on .