Free loft and cavity wall insulation to British Gas customers
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Free loft and cavity wall insulation to British Gas customers

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Found 2nd Sep 2011
I've just applied for this, will keep you posted as to how good the service is...
Apply by 31st October to get free loft and cavity wall insulation installed.

Also, if you're not a British Gas customer but are 70 or over or on one of the qualifying benefits, we also offer free loft and cavity wall insulation

FREE Loft insulation could save you around £145 on your energy bill and FREE cavity wall insulation could save you around £110 each year.
What does it involve?
It's straightforward and takes less than a day to install. Loft insulation is a thick material simply rolled onto the loft floor. Cavity wall insulation is a filling blown into the gaps between the exterior walls.

How long will the survey take?
Your survey should take around 30 minutes and at the end the surveyor will answer any questions you might have and take you through their recommendations.
If your home is suitable for insulation then our surveyor will arrange a suitable date with you for the work to take place.

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When we applied for it earlier this year,you only got one or the other. We had the loft done which was ok. We would have prefered the cavity wall insulation but would have had to pay £400 for scaffolding as we had a conservatory!

Usually these deals are only if you have no or very little insulation. When I had a survey they said that even though I was below the recommended depth of insulation they could not help.

Free loft and cavity wall insulation to British Gas customers
You`ll need this,as with the price of thier Gas and Electricity,you won`t able too afford to heat your home.(_;)



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Edited by: "solonely" 2nd Sep 2011

tried applying thanks

Applied thanks

We applied around a month ago, still haven't heard from British Gas. Will chase them up later today and post our feedback on the entire process here

Thanks, applied for loft

Posted many times in the freebie section along with alot of helpful tips/issues :s

They have just been round to my house to put in new loft insulation. I already had some - but they still topped this up with new insulation.

I have about 9 or 10 inches of insulation. All done very quickly.

I don't have cavity walls so they could not do anything for me there but did mention that there is some new insulation that can be affixed to my outer walls and then rendered to provide equivalent insulation. They said this would be available from Oct/Nov 2011.

When you ask for a survey they will ask if you have any extensions and the like as you will have to pay for any additional scaffolding.

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Nailez

Posted many times in the freebie section along with alot of helpful … Posted many times in the freebie section along with alot of helpful tips/issues :s



Could you send the link? I can't see this in the freebie section. I'm be interested in the 'helpful comments'

My son had the cavity wall done a couple of months ago it was quite a wait from applying to the surveyor visit but completed within a couple of weeks of his visit.
They were a little untidy though and left a bit of insulation and mortar all over the garden and drive but it was free.

free cavity wall insulation is only for houses up to a certain square meterage ( which they don't say how much). So I'm expecting them to say it's not going to be free for me!

watch your house start to become damp with cavity wall insulation
Great freebie for the loft insulation tho

elleluvs

watch your house start to become damp with cavity wall insulation watch your house start to become damp with cavity wall insulation Great freebie for the loft insulation tho



Not in my experience. X)


Ingliston

Not in my experience. X)




in my experience of living with someone in the building trade , i have heard lots of complaints about it!
Maybe not straight away you notice the damp, but give it a while and with this British weather!

elleluvs

watch your house start to become damp with cavity wall insulation watch your house start to become damp with cavity wall insulation Great freebie for the loft insulation tho


and loft insulation doesnt do the same thing?

GoalPostHead

They have just been round to my house to put in new loft insulation. I … They have just been round to my house to put in new loft insulation. I already had some - but they still topped this up with new insulation.I have about 9 or 10 inches of insulation. All done very quickly.I don't have cavity walls so they could not do anything for me there but did mention that there is some new insulation that can be affixed to my outer walls and then rendered to provide equivalent insulation. They said this would be available from Oct/Nov 2011.When you ask for a survey they will ask if you have any extensions and the like as you will have to pay for any additional scaffolding.



if your brickwork is fine ie doesnt need repointing ,,dont have the rendering done please, however much it saves in heating bills,,,,,,, reason being you dont know who these companies employ,,,,,you need waterproofers and lots more in the render so it doesnt crack,trust me just dont do it.

Ingliston

Not in my experience. X)



it all depends on your setup.,, ie you should have trickle vents in your windows,bathroom and kitchen fans and a good soffit ventilation in your roofspace to not get internal damp else you probably will especially in bungalows

Do not have anything put into your cavity.

We had Dyson who are British Gas Contractors. They came out driller some holes in the walls then said as my 4 bed house was bigger than normal it was going to cost me about £60. They wanted me to sign on the dotted line there and then. Told me British Gas will pay up 140 sq meters but my house was 160 sq meters. When i researched on the internet i am not the only person where this has happened and also Cavity wall insulation causes your inside walls to sweat and get damp

peterdarlison

if your brickwork is fine ie doesnt need repointing ,,dont have the … if your brickwork is fine ie doesnt need repointing ,,dont have the rendering done please, however much it saves in heating bills,,,,,,, reason being you dont know who these companies employ,,,,,you need waterproofers and lots more in the render so it doesnt crack,trust me just dont do it.



How can you say dont do it? The major energy suppliers i.e. British Gas, E:on etc are all doing energy efficiency throughout the country and paying for this. If it's going to save you money (Which it will) then I can't see how you can justify your coment. The energy companies are doing this through the CESP works (ever heard of it??? Thought not) This involved major building contractors carrying out the external rendering works, not small outfits! so quality isn't going to be an issue, do you really think that the energy companies are going to pay 3/4 grand (coz thats what it costs) to have your house externally rendered and pay someone to do a crap jobbie? Dont think so, if anyone has the opportunity then please have this done!

fordd5

How can you say dont do it? The major energy suppliers i.e. British Gas, … How can you say dont do it? The major energy suppliers i.e. British Gas, E:on etc are all doing energy efficiency throughout the country and paying for this. If it's going to save you money (Which it will) then I can't see how you can justify your coment. The energy companies are doing this through the CESP works (ever heard of it??? Thought not) This involved major building contractors carrying out the external rendering works, not small outfits! so quality isn't going to be an issue, do you really think that the energy companies are going to pay 3/4 grand (coz thats what it costs) to have your house externally rendered and pay someone to do a crap jobbie? Dont think so, if anyone has the opportunity then please have this done!



I wonder how many of these renders cracked @ minus 15 degrees this last winter? do you know that because that's the proof in the pudding my friend.
I do and i still say don't do it unless your brickwork is knacked, .
40 years in building industry both for people and for myself.........and extremely qualified not yts or city and guilds etc,
So summing up if you want to insulate walls and roof space that's great and for free brill but remember the internal condensation (humidity in the air) has to go somewhere.
Read my other threads for advice,
As for CESP my friend ive heard of them all including Federation of master builders,,,,,,,,heard of them as well? well you pay to join lol.
You are so nieve lol. It amazes me how much you guys know until it comes to actually producing something lol
The only institute IMO worth its salt is BES (builders employers confederation) which if the contractor is a member then guarantees to finish the job at no extra cost should the contractor go bust. IF ITS STILL AROUND.
And always remember the best people to contract to are by recommendation not stickers on the side of a van.
Finally im not slagging CESP im just saying unless the external wall is letting in damp then don't render it.
Pete

I applied for both had the survey waited, and waited days passed no call. I rang them in the end, they arranged to do walls and loft on same date. Came round on a very rainy day, no dust sheets to protect my carpets I had to do this myself, had to have a vent in lounge (charge was£50) they did that dust everywhere, no Hoover had to use my own which clogged up the filters of my Hoover as it was brick dust and they hoovered my cream plastered walls with the plastic pipes so I have black dusty scratch marks up and down the walls!. Next they drilled holes in walls outside, dragged their dirty cable all through my house to use my electricity. Their equipment tripped my electricity every time, so they packed up and left leaving holes all over my house and mess everywhere no cavity walls filled. Loft people did not even bother to turn up. I have rang them about 10 times and complained by letter but still no response after 2weeks. Do yourselves a favour wait until a local DIY store has insulation on offer and pay for it yourself save yourself the heartache of uncaring workman trashing your house!!!!

Shambles.................. We asked for the survey for free cavity wall and loft survey guy came out did the survey for the cavity wall and not the loft said he never knew we wanted that done too, then quoted me around £199,I said i was a scottish gas duel fuel customer and was told it was free he said yeah bet it was that guy from scottish gas (gave a brief description) he was telling everyone a lot of rubbish get on to scottish gas and complain. I phoned scottish gas who didn't have a clue why they were trying to charge us but they managed to sort it out and said someone would be in touch to arrange a day to start the work, 3 months later i thought i better give them a call, they arranged to come out the next day to do the work. Later that night I got a call to say their generator broke and they would need to use our electricity i mean seriously how professional is that told my daughter on the phone it will cost about 50-60p nothing to worry about. My husband then phoned them back to complain and they then said price would be approx £5-£6 and the man on the phone couldnt see what the problem was, Supposed to come out tommorow but not exactly filling me with confidence..........................

Edited by: "glasus36" 15th Mar 2012
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