What Can I Have Installed Under The ECO3 Scheme?

We have listed the heating replacement, heating upgrades and insulation you can have installed under the ECO3 scheme. 

You are able to have insulation installed alongside heating and so when we contact you we will give you a full picture of what we think you could have installed. When you have the survey completed this will be confirmed with you.

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CAVITY WALL INSULATION

About 35% of all heat loss from UK homes is due to un-insulated external walls.

 

If your home was built after 1920 there is a strong likelihood that your property has cavity walls.

 

A cavity wall can be filled with an insulating material by injecting beads into the wall. This restricts any warmth passing through the wall, reducing the money you spend on heating.

You can check your wall type by looking at your brick pattern.

 

If the bricks have an even pattern and are laid lengthways, then the wall is likely to have a cavity.

 

If some of the bricks are laid with the square end facing, the wall is likely to be solid. If the wall is stone, it is likely to be solid.

If your home was built within the last 25 years it is likely to been already insulated or possibly partially insulated. The installer can check this with a borescope inspection.

Insulation Installation

LOFT INSULATION

Heat from your house rises resulting in about quarter of the heat generated being lost through the roof of an un-insulated home. Insulating the roof space of your home is the simplest, most cost-effective way of saving energy and reducing your heating bills.

 

Insulation should be applied to the loft area to a depth of at least 270mm, both between the joists and above as the joists themselves create a "heat bridge" and transfer heat to the air above. With modern insulating techniques and materials, it's still possible to use the space for storage or as a habitable space with the use of insulated floor panels.

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UNDERFLOOR INSULATION

When thinking of areas in your home that need insulation, under the floor is not usually the first on the list.

 

However homes with crawl spaces under the downstairs floor can benefit from underfloor insulation.

 

Underfloor insulation eliminates drafts that may enter via the gaps between the floorboards and ground, making you feel warmer, and according to the Energy Saving Trust save up to £40 per year.

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ROOM IN ROOF

Up to 25% of heat loss in a home can be attributed to an un-insulated roof space.

 

The ECO grants can cover the entire cost of having all loft rooms insulated to current building regulations using the latest insulation materials.

Many older properties that were originally built with loft room space or 'room-in-roof' were either not insulated at all or insulated using inadequate materials and techniques when compared to today's building regulations. A room-in-roof or attic room is simply defined by the presence of a fixed staircase to access the room and there should be a window. 

By using the latest insulation materials and methods, insulating existing attic rooms means that you can still use the roof space for storage or additional room space if needed while still trapping heat in the property and rooms below.

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INTERNAL WALL INSULATION

Internal wall insulation is perfect for solid wall homes where you can't alter the outside of the property.

If your home was built before 1920 there is a strong likelihood that your property has solid walls.

You can check your wall type by looking at your brick pattern.

If some of the bricks are laid with the square end facing, the wall is likely to be solid. If the wall is stone, it is likely to be solid.

Internal wall insulation is installed on a room by room basis and is applied to all exterior walls.

 

Polyisocyanurate Insulated (PIR) plaster boards are usually used creating a dry-lined, insulated internal wall. The internal walls are then plastered to leave a smooth and clean surface for redecoration.

Not only will this make your house warmer in winter but it will also save you money by slowing the loss of heat through un-insulated walls.

It will slightly reduce the floor area of any rooms which it is applied (roughly about 10cm per wall)

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EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION

External wall insulation is perfect for solid wall homes where you want to improve the look of the exterior of your home and its thermal rating.

 

Having external wall insulation fitted to your home requires no internal work so the disruption can be kept to a minimum.  

 

Planning permission may be required so please check with your local authority before installing this to your property. 

 

Some period properties cannot have this installed to the front of the property but can have it installed to the rear.

 

External wall insulation cannot only improve the look of your home, but also improve the weather proofing and sound resistance, alongside  reducing drafts and heat loss.

 

It will also increase the lifespan of your walls as it protects your brickwork, but these do need to be structurally sound before installation.

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GAS BOILER REPLACEMENT

Homeowners can have a FREE A- rated boiler installed if their boiler was installed prior to 2013 and is broken. The funding rate is higher if you have a qualifying insulation measure installed before your broken boiler is replaced so we will assess your homes suitability for this. 

The qualifying insulation is one of following:

  • Underfloor Insulation - Must be able to access under the floorboards and cannot install if you have laminate flooring or solid stone tiles. 

  • Cavity Wall Insulation - Must be either a partially filled Cavity or empty (Never been filled).

  • Room in Roof - Must have a fixed staircase and a Velux window or dormer.

  • Party Wall Insulation

If you do not want insulation to be fitted at your property, it is still possible to have a boiler grant but it's likely a contribution will be needed.

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FIRST TIME CENTRAL HEATING

All those living in a property that has never had a Central Heating System and has one of the following as the main heating source are eligible for funding to have First Time Central Heating fitted.

  • Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters and inefficient electric storage heaters

  • Gas room heaters

  • Gas fire with back boiler

  • Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler

  • Direct electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not connected to an electric boiler)

  • Bottled LPG room heating

  • Solid fossil fuel room heaters

  • Wood/biomass room heating

  • Oil room heater

  • No heating at all

If you want gas central heating, you must live in a property that has a new gas connection or a gas connection that has never been used for heating. ECO funding does not cover the cost of a gas connection but other grants may such as local authority grants.

The following may be installed as FTCH:

  • Gas Boiler

  • ​Biomass Boiler​

  • Bottled LPG Boiler

  • LPG Boiler

  • Air Source Heat Pump

  • Ground Source Heat Pump

  • Electric Boiler

All properties must have loft or room in roof insulation and cavity wall insulation (if able to be installed) either already present or installed before the First Time Central Heating is completed. This is something that the installer will discuss with you at the time and can be funded under ECO.

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ELECTRIC STORAGE HEATER UPGRADE

If you are currently using electric room heaters to heat your home, then upgrading to High Heat Retention electric storage heaters will improve the warmth and efficiency of your property. 

 

Electric storage heaters work by using off peak electricity (usually at night) and store heat to be released during the day time.

 

To do this, storage heaters have a highly insulated core, made up of a very high-density material. They’re designed to retain the stored heat for as long as possible. Storage heaters use off-peak energy because it’s cheaper than standard rate electricity. They’ll usually have a totally separate circuit to the rest of your home, and will only switch on when the off-peak period starts.

 

After you are contacted by the installer a heat calculation is done to determine the correct number and size of electric storage heaters that you need for your property. 

 

You must be on a Economy 7 tariff or have a Economy 7 meter fitted to have electric storage heaters installed.

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AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) absorb heat from the outside air to heat your home and hot water. They can still extract heat when air temperatures are as low as -15°C.

Air source heat pumps need electricity to run, but because they are extracting renewable heat from the environment, the heat output is greater than the electricity input. This makes them an energy efficient method of heating your home.

Before thinking about an ASHP you must consider the following:

Do you have somewhere to put it?

You’ll need a place outside your home where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It will need plenty of space around it to get a good flow of air. A sunny wall is ideal. The external unit is connected to an internal unit containing circulation pumps and hot water, which is usually smaller than the average boiler.

What type of heating system do you have now?

Homes without an existing central heating system will require one to be installed for an air source heat pump to work.

What fuel will you be replacing?

The system is more likely to pay for itself if it’s replacing an expensive system like electric heating. You’re unlikely to save much on your heating bill if you’re switching from mains gas.