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13 May 24

Figures from the Department for Energy and Net Zero indicate that only 4,648 households so far have taken advantage of the government’s ongoing Great British Housing Insulation Scheme.

This is less than 2% of the target of 300,000 households by March 2026.

Katharine Allison of Independent Advisor Windows – the company which has analysed the government data – says: “Improving the energy efficiency of your home is a surefire way to lower your heating costs and improve the general comfort of your home. One way to do so is to ensure that your home is properly insulated through loft and cavity insulation and have your windows glazed. 

“In terms of window glazing, double or triple glazing is the most energy-efficient; these are windows with more than one pane of glass. Anything less simply won’t be as effective at keeping heat in your home. Other options are installing heavy thermal curtains on your windows as an extra layer of insulation for those cold winter nights. 

“Other benefits of having multi-glazed windows are that there will be fewer draughts when hot air escapes, less outside noise will be able to penetrate your home, and there will be reduced condensation, which can help prevent mould.”

However, very few of the possible beneficiaries of the Great British Housing Insulation Scheme have taken advantage of it.

The North West of England, Yorkshire and The Humber, and North East of England were those regions which took most advantage of the scheme.

The scheme, administered by the energy regulator Ofgem, is open to property owners including landlords, and to tenants with permission from their landlord – this includes if the property is owned by a social housing provider or management company.

Eligible households are mostly those with properties that have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D to G, and which are within council tax bands A to D in England and A to E in Scotland and Wales.

To qualify for the scheme, your property must require energy-efficiency upgrades such as cavity wall insulation. The scheme will deliver one insulation measure per home, and upgrades are decided through a retrofit assessment which looks at how making changes to your property could cut energy use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The scheme specifically encourages low-income applicants receiving Child Benefit, Pension Guarantee Credit, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, or Pension Credit Saving Credit.

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