The Insulation Grants Wales Helping Homes Save £2,000+

Did you know that there are several insulation grants in Wales that could help lower your energy bills by up to £2,000?

Better yet, it could cost you nothing.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of the three main insulation grants in Wales to help you save big in 2023.

Let’s get into it:

Nest Scheme

The Nest Scheme is one of the biggest insulation grants in Wales, mainly because it is only available in Wales.

The Welsh government and energy companies are working together with local authorities, housing associations and other organisations to provide free insulation to householders across Wales.

Due to the Nest being part of the Welsh Government Warm Homes Programme, low-income households across the region could access energy-efficient home improvements to reduce their fuel bills, such as loft and cavity wall insulation.

Other improvements include central heating upgrades and free boiler installation.

The Nest Scheme has been put in place to support the Welsh Government’s commitments to eradicate fuel poverty, boost economic regeneration in Wales and reduce climate change.

Am I eligible for the Nest Scheme?

Free Nest advice and funding is open to anyone who meets their three-point eligibility criteria:

  • You own or privately rent your home (not from a housing association or local authority).
  • Your home is expensive to heat and energy inefficient.
  • You or someone you live with is in receipt of a means-tested benefit. Alternatively, you or someone you live with has a chronic respiratory, circulatory or mental health condition and a below-threshold income.

The qualified means-tested benefits are:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Council Tax Reduction (discount and exemption do not qualify on their own)
  • Child Tax Credit (income below £16,105 a year)
  • Working Tax Credit (income below £16,105)

ECO4 Scheme

Another great way to benefit from free house insulation grants in Wales is through the ECO4 Scheme.

The fourth phase of the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO) began in April 2022 and runs until March 2026, aiming to improve energy efficiency standards in the UK.

Low-income households, who receive certain government benefits can benefit from Government ECO funding. This funding is designed to help those who are struggling with heating bills and living in cold homes get access to free insulation grants in Wales and slash their energy bills by up to 25%.

The potentially free home improvements available from ECO4 include cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation and loft insulation, with air source heat pump and solar panel installation also being available.

Am I eligible for the ECO4 Scheme?

To qualify for ECO funding, you must be living in a property with an Energy Performance Certificate (ECP) of D or below.

Households must also be receiving at least one of the following government benefits:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit

Great British Insulation Scheme

Formally known as ECO Plus, the Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) is another great scheme offering insulation grants in Wales.

This £1 billion scheme has been introduced to support energy-inefficient households that do not receive any government benefits and therefore cannot receive ECO4 funding.

With over 60% of UK homes living in a property with an EPC of D or below, this groundbreaking scheme could help over 300,000 UK homes improve their home with cavity wall insulation, loft insulation or green heating systems.

In fact, it’s been reported that people living in an energy-inefficient home within a certain council tax band could receive a grant of up to £2,000 thanks to the GBIS.

Much like the ECO4 Scheme, the GBIS is a grant, not a loan – so you won’t have to pay any money back. The only potential fees would be to cover initial installation costs (depending on your upgrade and living circumstances).

Am I eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme?

To apply for the Great British Insulation Scheme in Wales, you must:

  • Be living in a property with an EPC of D or below
  • Be living in a property within the A-E Council Tax Band (A-D for English homes).

Difference between ECO4 and Great British Insulation Scheme

As mentioned, the GBIS was originally announced as the ECO+ Scheme and offers similar benefits as ECO4.

One key difference between ECO4 and the Great British Insulation Scheme is that to qualify for the GBIS you do not need to be in receipt of government benefits.

To gain a grant from the Great British Insulation Scheme all you need to do is be living in a property with an EPC of D or below that lies within a qualifying Council Tax band.

Both ECO4 and GBIS aim to help the UK’s most vulnerable citizens improve their properties and severely lower their energy bills. However, the GBIS groups its eligible applicants into two groups:

  • The ‘general group’: Applicants living in a property with an EPC of D or below and within an A-E Council Tax Band.
  • The ‘low-income group’: Applicants living in a property with an EPC of D-G who also receive government benefits. These could also qualify by living in the least-energy efficient housing.

Save money and upgrade your home for free

Whether you’re looking for cavity wall, external wall or loft insulation grants in Wales, we at So Eco can help you gain access to ECO4 or GBIS funding with ease.

We are registered providers of the ECO scheme and are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about this great money-saving opportunity.

Get in touch with us today  or complete our free online eligibility checker to discover how you could upgrade your property and start having hundreds of pounds on your energy bills.

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