Great British Insulation Scheme launches

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The Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS) has launched today, promising to help 300,000 families improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

It is a supplier obligation, which sits alongside schemes such as ECO4 and ECO Flex, offering families in lower council tax bands with less energy-efficient homes upgrades – such as roof, loft or cavity wall insulation – which could cut their annual energy bill by an average of between £300 to £400.

Those eligible for support under the Great British Insulation Scheme include families in council tax bands A-D in England, A-E in Scotland and Wales, with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or below.

The 300,000 set to benefit come on top of the 2.4 million homes that have so far benefited from new energy efficiency measures under existing support schemes.

These customers will, from today, be able to find out if they can get support to make their homes more energy efficient by using a new online checker tool.

Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said:

We are determined to help families keep their homes warm through the winter months and save on their energy costs.

Our Great British Insulation Scheme will help hundreds of thousands of people, including some of the most vulnerable in society, get the upgrades their homes need, while cutting their energy bills.

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, said:

Boosting the energy efficiency of homes creates the best long-term protection against fuel poverty for the most vulnerable.

That’s why we are helping families with extra support to make their homes warmer, while saving hundreds on energy costs.

The online checker will ask a series of questions – including how they heat their home, whether their home has solid or cavity walls, and if they are receiving any benefits.

A separate checker has also been launched for the Home Upgrade Grant, which could help as many as 25,000 off-the-gas-grid homes that have an EPC rating of D to G. People can find out if they qualify for energy efficiency support – ranging from insulation and draft proofing to new windows and doors, as well as heat pumps and solar panels.

Customers using the online tools will then be referred to either their energy supplier, for support from the ECO programme and Great British Insulation Scheme, or their local council for the Home Upgrade Grant, to take the next step in making their home more energy efficient.