The government has stipulated that energy providers must subsidise cavity wall and loft insulation in our homes. Fantastic idea! Well, almost. This has caused massive demand and there don’t appear to be enough contractors to provide the service. So, there is a huge backlog. In winter…
If your house was built in the 1940s or younger, you may well be eligible to take advantage of this energy saving subsidy. To find out if you are, contact your energy company and they will write to the local insulation contractor who will come to your house to provide a free quote.
Ros contacted our provider, E.On, about 6-weeks ago. They were extremely helpful but warned of the backlog. When a vacancy becomes available they will send a contractor. According to E.On, they are spending millions on this activity but it has been poorly thought through by the government who failed to set up sufficient contractors to handle demand. I’m not sure if that is passing the buck, but it sounds entirely plausible.
So someone had a great idea and almost got it to happen. However, there are BIG upsides. Big demand means people understand the benefits and are ACTING. And it will be worth the wait, E.On estimated that our 4 bedroom house will cost us about £220 for cavity and loft insulation. The payback period could be under 2 years. Our neighbours have had their home insulated and it has made a huge difference to their energy bills – and reduced their carbon emissions.
The thing with great ideas is that they have to be thought through and delivered to qualify as GREAT. So, right now this is a good idea that is starting to happen. Come on E.On, once you have someone hooked you really must deliver. It’s frustrating to find that we can’t access this solution to energy and emissions saving within months
Will be looking for an EPC soon too - an Energy Performance Certificate - to see how the house rates and how we can make it more energy efficient. I haven’t researched this much yet so would appreciate any help.
In the meantime, let’s get E.On with it!