Home / Topics / Your Home / Insulation / What is the Great British Insulation Scheme and am I entitled to it? What is the Great British Insulation Scheme and am I entitled to it? by Angela Terry 13 Sep 2023 Insulation 3 min read Share this article Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy linkLink copied! I am an energy expert and here’s my advice how to get a Government grant for insulation to save money on your energy bills every year. The GBIS is a government subsidised scheme which aims to deliver improvements to energy efficient homes. It’s been a while in the making but the Government’s Great British Insulation Scheme has arrived. Which means right now, there’s no better time to start thinking about insulating your home and making sure a cold winter doesn’t bite as much as it could. What is it? The Great British Insulation Scheme is a government subsidised scheme which aims to deliver improvements to energy efficient homes while also tackling fuel poverty and in turn reducing energy bills. While not everyone is eligible, if you’re a low income or vulnerable family or if you live in a home with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D-G, and within Council Tax bands A-D in England and A-E in Scotland and Wales, you are eligible and you could save yourself a lot of money. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible you can contact your energy supplier to find out. You can also check if you are eligible for a grant by filling in this GBIS questionnaire, please note there is a glitch with some postcodes: https://www.gov.uk/apply-great-british-insulation-scheme More information is available here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-and-social-schemes/great-british-insulation-scheme What’s on offer? The majority of eligible homes will benefit from loft and cavity wall insulation which will significantly reduce your bills. The majority of eligible homes will benefit from loft and cavity wall insulation which will significantly reduce your bills. The Energy Saving Trust estimates loft insulation costs up to £680 for DIY and can save around £285 a year while cavity wall insulation costs around £1,700 to install and can save £300 a year on energy bills. The good news is though, it’s not just loft and cavity wall insulation that’s on offer. More information on loft insulation and the benefits can be found here: Onehome.org.uk/lofts Different insulation types are covered too The good news is though, it’s not just loft and cavity wall insulation that’s on offer. From underfloor insulation to pitched and flat roof insulation, there are plenty of different types of insulation on offer as part of the scheme. Thanks to changes in the GBIS and its predecessor the ECO scheme, a further 400,000 homes are eligible including renters – although you’ll have to ask your landlord’s permission. Some firms may ask for a contribution towards the project. How much will it save? We know that energy bills for an average home are around £2,000 which means more households across the UK could be looking at a bitter winter without the money to heat their homes efficiently. We know people are losing hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds a year through poorly insulated homes: https://onehome.org.uk/press-releases/energy-expert-launches-loft-insulation-campaign-warning-eight-million-uk-households-are-losing-hundreds-of-pounds-heating-the-sky/ The GBIS is looking to improve 100,000 homes a year so whilst this government scheme isn’t big enough and don’t cover enough people it is a start. It’s vital the people who need the help apply and get what support is available. Getting applications in now before any cold snaps have started could make a huge difference to households so even if you’re not sure if you’re eligible, email or ring your supplier to find out. You could be losing out on good money savings if you don’t but as it’s a first come, first served scheme, when the money’s gone, it’s gone. Disclaimer This information is provided for guidance only. Please see the full disclaimer in our terms and conditions. Please share this article and comment on social. Share this article Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy linkLink copied!