If your home was built before the 1930s the chances are that your property has solid walls. Solid walls (unlike cavity walls) have no gap between the layers of bricks, meaning that they let heat escape faster than those of a modern property.
Why insulate external walls?
Homes with external solid walls often feel cold, take a long time to heat up, and cool down rapidly as soon as the heating is turned off.
Most homes in the UK have had some form of improvements to their efficiency in recent years thanks to a number of grant funding schemes, offering measures such as loft insulation and boiler upgrades.
One measure that has often been over looked is External Wall Insulation, mainly down to the perceived costs involved.
Although External Wall Insulation can be expensive compared to other forms of insulation, up to 45% of your home's energy is wasted through external walls! So you might have a nice new energy efficient boiler in your home, that has been touted as saving you £££s but if the heat is escaping through the walls your heating bills won't change!
In addition to the energy saving/money saving benefits of external wall insulation, there are asthetic benefits also! You can choose from a vast range of colours, different textures and manufacturers. Making external wall insulation the ultimate home improvement for improving your homes curb appeal!
Typical cost to insulate external walls
The cost of external wall insulation is around £80-100/m2, it is virtually impossible to give an acurate cost without a detailed technical survey. Every home is uniquie and there can be a number of factors which can influence price, such as:
- Colour/Finish choice
- The amount of scaffolding required
- External Pipework on the surface of the property
Is there any financial assistance to externally insulated my walls?
There is currently a small amount of funding available (ECO Funding) to help towards the costs of externally insulating your home, Prestige Energy are happy to talk you through the process of claiming this funding.
The funding is available to households who have an occupant in receipt of any of the following:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer's Allowance
- Child Benefit (on the condition that the household’s relevant income does not exceed a set amount)
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Mobility Supplement
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
- Universal Credit
This funding will only contribute towards the costs of the insulation, in most cases there will still need to be a contribution towards the costs from the homeowner.
Prestige Energy Limited acts as a credit broker and only offers credit products from IKANO Bank, and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We have a range of finance products available to our customers to help cover the costs of home improvements. For details please see our consumer finance page here or get in touch with us by filling out the contact form below