The Great British Insulation Scheme launches

In a positive step towards energy efficiency in the UK, The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) has been launched, with the UK government committing a substantial £1 billion to assist families in reducing home energy bills through enhanced energy efficiency measures.

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If a home falls within certain criteria, it might be eligible for free or discounted insulation. Here’s what needs to be known:

If a home possesses an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of D to G, the EPC must be checked, as there might be eligibility for support. Additionally, if the property is in Council Tax bands A-D in England or A-E in Scotland or Wales, one should check the Council Tax band, as this could lead to eligibility.

The scheme is open to homeowners, landlords, and tenants, including those in private rentals or housing association properties. However, if one is a tenant, it’s crucial to discuss intentions with the landlord before applying, as their permission is required before any insulation can be installed.

Making homes more energy-efficient

It’s essential to note that this scheme is not available in Northern Ireland. If residing there, exploring alternative energy-saving schemes specific to Northern Ireland is advisable.

Under the GBIS, support may be available for various types of home insulation, including cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation (both internal and external), loft insulation, flat or pitched roof insulation, underfloor insulation, solid floor insulation, park home insulation, and room-in-roof insulation.

This initiative aims to make homes more energy-efficient and affordable to heat, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future. If a home meets the criteria, it’s worth exploring this opportunity to reduce energy bills and make homes more environmentally friendly.

A firm step in the right direction

Chris Friedler, energy efficiency policy manager at the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), said: “We’re delighted to see the public launch of the Great British Insulation Scheme. In a time where energy efficiency’s triple win of tackling climate change, reducing household bills and increasing our energy security are all sorely needed, GBIS is a helping hand for hundreds of thousands of homes across the country.  

“There’s plenty more to do on energy efficiency for millions more homes, especially those in the owner-occupier sector, but this scheme is a firm step in the right direction.”