A Dummies Guide to Insulation & Heating

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Here at Rural Funding Services we have a lot of different funding pots to suit different homes and make them more energy efficient.

W e do this by putting a new boiler into the house so that it burns the fuel better, and we wrap the house in insulation to stop the heat from escaping. Below is a quick summary of the different types of insulation and heating replacements we can offer with funding:

Mains Gas Boiler Replacement

One of the most effective ways to lower your homes energy bills is to replace an older boiler with a new one. Boilers work a little bit like cars, so the older they get the start to lose efficiency with every year older they get. With the ECO funding we can take out any boiler that is 5 years or older, or broken, and replace it with a brand new system. The amount of funding we can release per property is based on how energy efficient it is and how many carbon tonnes it will save through the new boiler. For more information on Mains Gas funding you can click here.

Please Note: At the moment we are unable to work with rented properties, and you may be approved for full funding or partial funding based on your property type - for more information click here.

Loft Insulation

You can lose up to 20% of the heat from your house through the roof if it is uninsulated. Most people who only venture up to the loft once a year to get the Christmas tree down may not know if their loft is insulated properly, if at all. Loft insulation basically looks like huge rolls of wool that are rolled out between the slats and are around 30cm thick (the length of a ruler!). If your loft insulation is less than this or you haven’t got any at all, you might be able to get it topped up or put a whole fresh layer in for free.

Cavity Wall Insulation

Cavity Wall Drill Hole

First of all - what is a cavity wall?

Your home most likely has cavity walls if it was built in or after the 1950’s and it means that there are two layers of brick with a gap (a cavity) in between. If your home was built after 1990 it was most likely built with cavity wall insulation already.

We know from surveys that you can lose up to 30% of the heat from your home if your cavity walls are not insulated because the hot air can go straight through the gap between the two layers of brick. With cavity wall insulation we drill a few holes around the outside of the house and fill the gap with small polystyrene balls (the kind that you would find inside a bean bag) to slow down the time it takes for the heat to travel through the walls.

You can usually tell if your house has had its cavity wall insulated by checking the outside of your house for drill holes that have been filled with cement. It usually looks like the photo above.

Internal Wall Insulation

Solid walls are even less energy efficient than a cavity wall which hasn't been filled. Your house would be deemed as solid if it is made of stone or a single layer of brick, which makes it eligible for internal wall insulation, these houses are generally built before the 1950s and some are around 300 years old.

To stop some of the heat escaping through the walls we can add internal wall insulation to solid wall properties. We do this by fixing insulation boards to the inside of any heat-loss walls in the house (any walls that are on the outside of the house). The boards are about 12cm thick and they are plastered over and can be redecorated as before. It can also sort out any issues where some walls aren't in line anymore and give the room a nice new finish.

First Time Central Heating

People who are living in properties that don’t have any kind of central heating system set up (ie. no boiler or radiators at all) can apply for a First Time Central Heating Grant. We mostly release this kind of funding for houses that are heated by coal fires, electric storage heaters or rayburns/stoves that are not linked to any radiators.

With the funding we can install a radiator into every room and link them up to a new LPG combi boiler and an LPG tank in the garden.

If you think your house could benefit from any of these insulation or heating measures you can give our office a call on 01642 909660 or complete our online funding check by clicking here.