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Cut your energy bill by getting FREE home insulation



The annual round of energy price hikes have started alongside mixed messages from the government over how to deal with the issue, leaving many of us feeling confused and out of pocket.

Increasingly families have started to switch their energy tariff in order to get a better deal - but many people who are on benefits aren't aware that

But this week is Big Energy Saving week, a national campaign to help you cut fuel bills and get all the financial support you’re entitled to.

Citizens Advice hopes the week, with 400 events across the UK, will help families find the right energy tariff by switching to get the best deal and taking advantage of other ways to save on your energy bill such as free home insualtion.

It sounds too good to be true, but you really can get free home insulation – which could knock up to £300 off your annual energy bill.

If you act now, you can grab some excellent energy-saving freebies. Many of the big energy companies have free home insulation offers that are open to anyone. But don’t hang around, as these deals are due to finish by the end of 2012 or sooner.

Free home insulation FAQs
Where to get free insulation deals
Other top tips to reduce your energy bills

Free home insulation FAQs

So what exactly is on offer?

Two types of free insulation are offered: cavity wall insulation (which fills the space that exists between the two layers of external walls) and loft insulation.

How much money will I save?

You can expect to save around £300 a year in total.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save up to £175 a year by insulating your loft and £135 a year with cavity wall insulation. They also say that many families waste as much as £1 in every £4 they spend on heating due to having poor insulation.

What’s the catch with these deals?

There really isn’t one. Energy companies aren’t doing this out of the kindness of their hearts – they’ve been set targets by the government to make a certain number of homes more energy-efficient. If they miss their targets, they face big fines from the government.

I rent rather than own my property. Am I still eligible for these deals?

Yes, provided your landlord gives permission.

Are all properties suitable for insulation?

The majority are suitable for some form of insulation, but there are exceptions. Housing association properties and council tenants may struggle to get insulation installed – and if you live in a flat, you will need to get the residents in your block to agree to the work.

If you already have loft insulation in place that’s more than 60mm thick you may not be eligible (or you may be charged a fee). Energy companies also say that they need to be able to insulate at least two-thirds of your loft space.

The suppliers will come and do a free assessment of your home if you’re in any doubt over whether you qualify for free insulation.

Is ‘free’ really free?

free home insualtion houseYes. The only costs you have to pay are if the supplier has to erect things like scaffolding when insulating your house, but this often isn’t necessary.

If you live in a particularly large or unusual property, you may also be charged a top-up fee.

The energy company should tell you if any additional charges are required when they carry out their free assessment of your property.

Free insulation deals open to everyone

British Gas

Who’s eligible? People who live in certain postcodes or who are on certain income-related benefits. See link below for more details.

What you get: Free cavity wall and loft insulation.

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How to apply: Check you meet the terms and conditions on the British Gas website, then call 0845 971 7731

Restrictions: The loft insulation offer only applies where the thickness of any existing insulation is less than 60mm. Free insulation is also subject to coverage limits, depending on the size of the property (any work beyond these limits will be chargeable).

Extras: You can nab £50 for referring someone on eligible benefits for free British Gas insulation – plus they get £50 too! See here for the full details.

 

EDF

Who’s eligible? Anyone on certain benefits – not just EDF customers. See link below for more details.

What you get: Free cavity wall and loft insulation.

Deadline: Apply before 31 October 2012

How to apply: Check suitablility or call 0800 015 7785.

Restrictions: The offer is not available for housing association homes, council tenants or flats/maisonettes. It's also not available if you already have existing cavity wall insulation or loft insulation of more than 60mm thick.

 

Eon

Who’s eligible? Anyone on certain benefits – not just Eon customers. See link below for more details.

What you get: Free cavity wall and loft insulation.

How to apply: Check you meet the terms and conditions then apply online.

 

SSE

Who’s eligible? Anyone on certain benefits – not just SSE customers. See link below for more details.

What you get: Free cavity wall and loft insulation.

How to apply: Apply online or call 0800 015 7785.

Restrictions: The offer is not available for housing association homes, council tenants or flats/maisonettes. You also won’t be eligible if you already have existing cavity wall insulation or loft insulation more than 60mm thick.

Extras: If you are on certain benefits you could receive a £75 high street voucher. See the details here.

 

free home insulationTesco

Who’s eligible? Anyone on certain benefits – not just Tesco customers. See link below for more details.

What you get: Free cavity wall and loft insulation.

Deadline: Ongoing

How to apply: Apply online or call 0800 015 7785.

Restrictions: Available in mainland Great Britain only (includes Isle of Wight).

 

Other insulation and heating grants for those on benefits

If you are on certain benefits and live in a poorly heated or insulated home, the government’s Warm Front scheme awards up to £3,500 to homeowners and renters (£6,000 where oil central heating or alternative technologies are recommended).

Grants are awarded to pay for things like draught proofing, loft insulation, water tank insulation, new heaters and boilers.

Note that the Warm Front scheme only applies to England – Wales has the Nest scheme, Scotland the Energy Assistance Package and Northern Ireland has a Warm Homes programme instead.

See our full list of heating grants and benefits.

5 other top tips to cut your energy bills

5. Check what other energy grants and discounts you qualify for

loft insulationThere are literally hundreds of different grants out there – covering everything from money for a new boiler to help with paying bills. Energy suppliers, government departments, local authorities and energy charities all have grants to award – and many of them are specific to local areas.

Luckily, you don’t have to trawl through them all yourself. The Energy Saving Trust has a helpline you can call (0300 123 1234, local rates apply) that will tell you exactly what grants are out there that you would be eligible for.

4. Always check your meter

Don’t let energy companies estimate your bill – their estimates can sometimes be way off. Always submit accurate meter readings instead. That way you won’t get over-billed (and have to wait for a refund) or under-billed (and face big additional payments at the end of the year).

3. Check whether your supplier offers paperless billing

If your energy supplier offers paperless billing (where they just send you your account details and bills by email) it’s usually worth going for, as most companies offer a discount if you do – often of around 10%, which isn’t to be sniffed at.

2. Pay your energy bills by direct debit

Paying by monthly direct debit also normally knocks 5-10% off the price.

And the number 1 top tip is…

Make sure you’re on the cheapest energy tariff – it’s one of the biggest ways to save money on your bills.

Switching to a cheaper supplier could save you hundreds of pounds a year.

MyFamilyClub has partnered with uSwitch to help families find the cheapest energy supplier quickly and easily. Simply enter your postcode below and find out how much you could save.

 

Need more information on switching? Take a look at our article on switching your energy supplier.

Even if you don't want to switch energy supplier, there are still plenty of things you can do to bring your energy bills down. For quick and easy ways to do just that, have a look at how to reduce your electricity bill.






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