Why should act now if you need loft or cavity wall insulation
Posted by Sandra Hayes on 21 June 2018 at 10:48 am
If you are one of the many people living in homes with unfilled cavity walls or less than 100mm of loft insulation you need to act now if you are not on means tested benefits. Over the last few years we have all become accustomed to these two energy efficiency improvements being available to us through energy companies and installers either at a low cost, or even free because of funding made available by energy supplier through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
This is all about to change if the outcome of Government’s consultation on ECO is implemented as is currently proposed with a shift in focus to helping households on a low income – one of the main factors (together with poorly insulated homes) that can lead to households struggling to keep warm and pay their energy bills.
The consultation (which ended on the 29th April 2018) makes a number of proposals including:
- Switching to a 100% Affordable Warmth scheme for fuel poor, low income and vulnerable households. Households eligible for help through the Affordable Warmth scheme are on means tested benefits.
- Increasing the proportion of the scheme that can be delivered under Local Authority Flexible Eligibility (ECO Flex) from 10% to 25%. ECO Flex is a voluntary scheme which allows Local Authorities to select a wider group of residents (on a low income & vulnerable to cold but not necessarily in receipt of benefits) as being eligible for ECO funded installs.
- Excluding oil fuelled heating systems from the scheme (the installation of which increased significantly once the cap on the installation of gas boiler was introduced in 2017).
- Allowing broken mains gas boilers to be replaced under the scheme.
- A focus on insulation rather than heating measures
In anticipation of the changes (which are due to be implemented from 1st October 2018) a number of ECO installers have started making adjustments to the new regime. Already, it is likely to be hard to find an ECO installer taking on new referrals for replacement oil boilers funded through ECO. From August it is likely to be hard, if not impossible to find an installer who is able to fully or partially fund loft or cavity wall insulation if you do not fall within the Affordable Warmth group or the ECO Flex group (provided of course your Local Authority has opted to be a part of this scheme).
So act now if you if fall outside the affordable warmth group but want to benefit from subsidised loft or cavity wall insulation!
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