Free cavity wall insulation for everybody with British Gas plus £50 shopping vouchers - deal open to people who are not British Gas customers
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Free cavity wall insulation for everybody with British Gas plus £50 shopping vouchers - deal open to people who are not British Gas customers

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Found 26th Mar 2014
British Gas need to meet ECO targets so insulation for walls and loft is free for everybody. You also get £50 of shopping vouchers by going through the MSE web site. This deal is open even if you are not a British Gas customer.

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We got it done b y evergreen

does it matter if u rent?

Applied, thanks

Do you definitely not need to be a British Gas customer?
Edited by: "escortboy" 26th Mar 2014

Can you still get the voucher if they don't actually come, just have it booked?

mayfair11

Can you still get the voucher if they don't actually come, just have it … Can you still get the voucher if they don't actually come, just have it booked?



Sign up to this deal, and you get a £50 Compliments Card. It's redeemable at John Lewis, Argos, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Topshop, Waterstones, Debenhams, New Look, WHSmith, Halfords and more (see full list).

It will arrive by post 60 days after installation.

simplyjimbo

Sign up to this deal, and you get a £50 Compliments Card. It's redeemable … Sign up to this deal, and you get a £50 Compliments Card. It's redeemable at John Lewis, Argos, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Topshop, Waterstones, Debenhams, New Look, WHSmith, Halfords and more (see full list).It will arrive by post 60 days after installation.





Thanks! :P I didnt read it properly

kathryngolightly

does it matter if u rent?



nope we have a house that we lease out and our tenabt had it done through her energy company, they just ask the landlord for permission

We live in a house that is 20 year old. We were told we could not have it as it was already insulated and even if we could our house was bigger than a average 4 bed house so it would cost us an extra £180. Double check before you proceed. Also read some where that Cavity wall insulation also causes damp in certain types of house, not sure how true this is?

pieman790

We live in a house that is 20 year old. We were told we could not have it … We live in a house that is 20 year old. We were told we could not have it as it was already insulated and even if we could our house was bigger than a average 4 bed house so it would cost us an extra £180. Double check before you proceed. Also read some where that Cavity wall insulation also causes damp in certain types of house, not sure how true this is?



I've read that regarding the damp and this house suffers with condensation so I worry it would make it worse.

kathryngolightly

does it matter if u rent?


no you just need to get the landlords permission prior they will explain this to you when you book
Edited by: "goodybags" 27th Mar 2014

Cheers op

pieman790

We live in a house that is 20 year old. We were told we could not have it … We live in a house that is 20 year old. We were told we could not have it as it was already insulated and even if we could our house was bigger than a average 4 bed house so it would cost us an extra £180. Double check before you proceed. Also read some where that Cavity wall insulation also causes damp in certain types of house, not sure how true this is?



It did to mine. My house was perfect before in that respect but have had material condensation ever since both cavity and loft insulation done. If you google it you'll find it's a known problem but in my experience, not one warned about by the insulation companies. It probably only happens if you're unlucky but if you want to be sure just ask the surveyor who visits "what is the risk that this may cause condensation or cold spots in the house." If it does and you weren't warned of the risk, they'd have to take it out at their cost- but you'd have to argue the point very strongly as they don't like doing that.

I'd also read, on digging further, there is a view CWI is inherently a bad idea in that the gap in the walls was there for a reason- to allow the house to breathe and moisture to escape. CWI solves one problem (loss of heat) but creates another (risk of condensation). It's worth doing if you're prepared to take the risk and understand your rights if it goes wrong. But personally I'd not recommend it to anyone.

Edited by: "antonio1" 27th Mar 2014

I had my house done a couple of years back by British Gas.

There was a mix-up about the date of installation (BG gave me a date but didn't book their sub-contractor) and so it had to be rescheduled; they came on that data and did a professional job.

When the Gas man came to inspect the house, he made a big play of checking whether my wall space qualified me for the free installation; apparently my 3-bed semi only just made it...

And it was a case of either cavity wall or loft insulation, not both for free.

The first thing I noticed afterwards was that the house had got quieter, not quite as marked a difference as when we put in double glazing, but still an extra level of hush of the outside noise, cars driving past, etc.

I've not had any damp/condensation issues, but I normally keep windows open a notch and my house also has a couple of vents too.

Thank you, I just booked an assessment. Fingers crossed As I have a massive loft with hardly any insulation. It's one of those things I keep meaning to do.

Thanks for this. Been trying to get free or cheap loft insulation but couldn't get any as I'm not an OAP or on benefits.

NOT FREE FOR EVERYBODY

id been knocked back before as there is some loft insulation already when i seen this thread i thought they must have changed the criteria but they havent :-( .on another note i got the cavity wall insulation done in my old house and wouldnd get it done again, far more holes than i ever imagined put in and when they are filled with cement stand out like a sore thumb

There are some exclusions

The offer covers England, Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland. Some people don't qualify. As council and housing association homes have their own schemes, they aren't suitable for this one.

If you live in a block of flats, the whole block needs to do the insulation. If you've existing loft insulation, it'll need to be less than 60mm thick and cover less than a third of the loft to qualify for this deal.

British Gas can only insulate homes where a certain amount of carbon will be saved. It decides this on a case-by-case basis, but says 90% of homes qualify. If you don’t meet its criteria and need to pay cash for the insulation, it will tell you before you go ahead.

I got a dehumidifier to help dry the washing and the bathroom. It dries the whole of the upstairs and a large load of washing in 8 hours and draws 40w per hour (measured).

It seems like a more sensible way of keeping the house free from damp than having no insulation and running the boiler constantly.

jamstaruk1972

NOT FREE FOR EVERYBODYid been knocked back before as there is some loft … NOT FREE FOR EVERYBODYid been knocked back before as there is some loft insulation already when i seen this thread i thought they must have changed the criteria but they havent :-(



Couldn't you just rip out what you currently have before they come round to have a look?

I've got a little around the loft hatch but the majority of the loft has nothing. But to be sure I don't get knocked back I plan on removing what little there is.

Edited by: "redarrowrules" 27th Mar 2014

redarrowrules

Couldn't you just rip out what you currently have before they come round … Couldn't you just rip out what you currently have before they come round to have a look?I've got a little around the loft hatch but the majority of the loft has nothing. But to be sure I don't get knocked back I plan on removing what little there is.



yeah i had thought of that but its such a messy job not worth the hassle

Got mine done, cavity wall and loft a few years ago for nowt. Made a great difference to heat retention.

bobmccluckie

Got mine done, cavity wall and loft a few years ago for nowt. Made a … Got mine done, cavity wall and loft a few years ago for nowt. Made a great difference to heat retention.



lucky you i didnt knotice a difference except in summer when it was colder

Hopefully I'll be applicable, very helpful as I shall be moving house soon and if this could be done could potentially save me a lot of dosh!

Cheers for the deal! @stephenburton

Thanks OP, not a BG customer but applied anyway, fingers crossed
Edited by: "iangale99" 27th Mar 2014

Modern houses should already have this as standard, shouldn't they? Mine's built 2001.

Is there a scheme that non-gas customers can apply for?
We just had loft insulation done for free, abut need to look around for cavity walls insulation.

Relievo

Is there a scheme that non-gas customers can apply for?We just had loft … Is there a scheme that non-gas customers can apply for?We just had loft insulation done for free, abut need to look around for cavity walls insulation.



This deal is open even if you are not a British Gas customer. - from the deal posted above. (_;)

I filled out my details this morning, just had a missed call from them 10min ago.

Can I use this for my teeth?

Id be more interested if they finally got round to offering external insulation to homes like mine that have solid walls

NB only houses older than built in 1983 I was told qualify for cavity insulation today

stevo25

NB only houses older than built in 1983 I was told qualify for cavity … NB only houses older than built in 1983 I was told qualify for cavity insulation today



thats becuase they would already have the cavity filled.

Thanks

Hoping I can get loft insulation

when i applied for this 2 years ago, i got the free loft insulation but did not get the cavity wall insulation.

The reason for not getting it was because I converted my bungalow into a 2 storey house. My new 1st floor has a thermal blanket between the cavity walls ... but my ground floor has no insulation. They said that they can only insulate the cavity if there was no insulation on the 1st floor - i..e no cavity insulation to the full house.

Can somebody advise on how I can get the ground floor cavity insulated? thanks in advance for your advise
Edited by: "saaya2020" 27th Mar 2014

How can you tell if you have this already or not?

You should see a perimeter of sealed holes just above your damp course on the external brickwork where the insulation is injected.As I indicated before this is not available to solid walled buildings.
Edited by: "arachnoid" 27th Mar 2014

antonio1

It did to mine. My house was perfect before in that respect but have had … It did to mine. My house was perfect before in that respect but have had material condensation ever since both cavity and loft insulation done. If you google it you'll find it's a known problem but in my experience, not one warned about by the insulation companies. It probably only happens if you're unlucky but if you want to be sure just ask the surveyor who visits "what is the risk that this may cause condensation or cold spots in the house." If it does and you weren't warned of the risk, they'd have to take it out at their cost- but you'd have to argue the point very strongly as they don't like doing that.I'd also read, on digging further, there is a view CWI is inherently a bad idea in that the gap in the walls was there for a reason- to allow the house to breathe and moisture to escape. CWI solves one problem (loss of heat) but creates another (risk of condensation). It's worth doing if you're prepared to take the risk and understand your rights if it goes wrong. But personally I'd not recommend it to anyone.


Just put some vents in. It's the same as with the double glazed windows, compared to old windows, they are air tight.
So ventilation becomes critical.
Cold spots means the insulation was not done properly.

You could invest in a cheap device to measure humidity and a relatively cheap thermal camera. Lidl/Aldi sell them sometimes.

Does anyone know of anything similar for Northern Ireland?

Worth mentioning that there is no financial provision for scaffolding, so if like me, you have a large conservatory on the back of your house, they will need scaffolding to drill into the back wall, this is something you have to sort and pay for yourself.

DragonChris

Does anyone know of anything similar for Northern Ireland?


Its subsidized by the Government so Id suggest you look at local power provider websites for details.

Banned

MaximusRo

Just put some vents in. It's the same as with the double glazed windows, … Just put some vents in. It's the same as with the double glazed windows, compared to old windows, they are air tight.So ventilation becomes critical.Cold spots means the insulation was not done properly.You could invest in a cheap device to measure humidity and a relatively cheap thermal camera. Lidl/Aldi sell them sometimes.



Vents let out quite a bit of heat - we're back to where started lol

do you do if landlords can order this or does if have to be tenants that have to order
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