Winter is coming - save £'000s with free insulation for most (and boilers for some) for eligible customers
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Winter is coming - save £'000s with free insulation for most (and boilers for some) for eligible customers

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Found 27th Sep
TL;DR - Energy companies are giving away free cavity wall insulation, and in some cases free loft insulation and free boilers. Installation is also free unless additional pipework is required.

If you have a room that is always cold, or find your home doesn't retain heat very well, then I would suggest having the insulation in your home checked as you could save big on your energy bills, especially given recent price hikes.

Many homes qualify for free cavity wall insulation if you don't already have enough, possibly free loft insulation and a new boiler too, from the energy suppliers who run these free insulation schemes. This can save you thousands.

You don't need to be a customer, and it costs you nothing for them to carry out a survey. If you qualify, installation is also free (unless plumbing is required for the boiler).

This feels like good time of year to get this checked.

As of last year, E.on had the least stringent criteria for free cavity wall insulation from my own experience. They make it available to those on any income. They only required that they can insulate at least 50% of your cavity walls, so if you don't have any, you would qualify easily.
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PLEASE PLEASE think very carefully before getting Cavity Wall Insulation carried out..... I had this done quite a number of years ago and regretted the decision almost instantly. I have since had it removed after a long drawn out battle, but I'm left with a house that is still damp on the gable end caused by water breaching the cavity because of the insulation. Google the well known issues for yourselves.
Im 70 not in receipt of any benefits apart from pension ,my boiler was on its last legs applied for help ,guy came round checked everything agreed if boiler broke as it was27 years prob no parts availabl,then asked to see my council tax bill .Then shocked me apart from single person allowance had a discount of £11.67 p per year which qualified me for new boiler .warm happy days(and nights)for me.So worth trying for
Bovrilontoast13 m ago

I would class myself as an above average earner however that doesn't mean …I would class myself as an above average earner however that doesn't mean I have that sort of money to be spending on a boiler yet should mine break this winter, I would be expected to somehow fund it!



Its called budgeting pal, money management is the key.
I put aside £10 a week to cover white goods (boiler/washing machine/dryer etc) and have done for nearly 15 years. I always have a healthy balance in that account so I am never stuck when the money is needed. £1500 I spent on a new boiler about 6 years ago which wasn't a problem as I had it saved, it works for me anyway
If you are an above average earner then I wouldn't be too jealous for those living in council owned run-down estates , earning £40 a week or whatever they get for not working (the work shy) and then getting a free boiler.
Most benefit claimants are indeed genuine and this offer will be great for those really in need. There is only a very small percentage that isn't genuine, despite what the government want you to believe.
Edited by: "rooney10" 27th Sep
He’s not coming round my house hanging off a ladder like that, 3 points of contact .
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You might be able to get help for energy-saving improvements to your home if you either:

  • claim certain benefits and live in private housing (for example you own your home or rent from a private landlord)
  • live in social housing
You may get help with the cost of:

  • insulation work, for example to your loft or cavity walls
  • replacing or repairing your boiler - or other upgrades to your heating


only for people on benefits
PLEASE PLEASE think very carefully before getting Cavity Wall Insulation carried out..... I had this done quite a number of years ago and regretted the decision almost instantly. I have since had it removed after a long drawn out battle, but I'm left with a house that is still damp on the gable end caused by water breaching the cavity because of the insulation. Google the well known issues for yourselves.
Bovrilontoast14 m ago

Of course it isn't for all, don't be daft! If you earn and need a new …Of course it isn't for all, don't be daft! If you earn and need a new boiler you are expected to shell out a grand on a new boiler (even if you don't have the disposable income). If you don't fancy working, well have a brand new one free! I appreciate that benefits are certainly needed by certain people, but they need to weed out the work shy and make sure they don't get any.



You do realise that this is also available for those that are in work too that are on lower incomes ? Your post suggests otherwise.
Im 70 not in receipt of any benefits apart from pension ,my boiler was on its last legs applied for help ,guy came round checked everything agreed if boiler broke as it was27 years prob no parts availabl,then asked to see my council tax bill .Then shocked me apart from single person allowance had a discount of £11.67 p per year which qualified me for new boiler .warm happy days(and nights)for me.So worth trying for
rooney108 m ago

You do realise that this is also available for those that are in work too …You do realise that this is also available for those that are in work too that are on lower incomes ? Your post suggests otherwise.


Yes I do, perhaps my wording could have been slightly better. However the majority of working class won't be eligible.
Mr_moaner_153 m ago

A freebie for all and not just people not on benefits??? Your pulling my …A freebie for all and not just people not on benefits??? Your pulling my leg....


Well you can always go on benefits and apply I’m sure your workplace would rather you not be around moaner
Great deal... doesn't seem to be any in Northern Ireland. Best of luck if you can get one guys.
He’s not coming round my house hanging off a ladder like that, 3 points of contact .
Bovrilontoast14 m ago

Yes I do, perhaps my wording could have been slightly better. However the …Yes I do, perhaps my wording could have been slightly better. However the majority of working class won't be eligible.



The majority of working class people that aren't entitled to this are statistically more likely able to afford a new boiler than those that are entitled, given that it is means tested.
Unfortunately for some low-middle earners, this wont be the case and the struggle continues...
snoopy187 m ago

He’s not coming round my house hanging off a ladder like that, 3 points of …He’s not coming round my house hanging off a ladder like that, 3 points of contact .



Lol , I know, if he is going to do that then I would at least need a phone call, email and letter first so I had my 3 points of contact
rooney104 m ago

The majority of working class people that aren't entitled to this are …The majority of working class people that aren't entitled to this are statistically more likely able to afford a new boiler than those that are entitled, given that it is means tested.Unfortunately for some low-middle earners, this wont be the case and the struggle continues...


I would class myself as an above average earner however that doesn't mean I have that sort of money to be spending on a boiler yet should mine break this winter, I would be expected to somehow fund it!
If Npower are in this scheme i would recommend them.
Did a replacement bolier march this year.
Very professional from start to finish.
A lot of dodgy firms out there offering this sort of thing.
Some off topic / argumentative comments have been removed, please keep it friendly and on topic.
Edited by: "niceroundpound" 27th Sep
Bovrilontoast13 m ago

I would class myself as an above average earner however that doesn't mean …I would class myself as an above average earner however that doesn't mean I have that sort of money to be spending on a boiler yet should mine break this winter, I would be expected to somehow fund it!



Its called budgeting pal, money management is the key.
I put aside £10 a week to cover white goods (boiler/washing machine/dryer etc) and have done for nearly 15 years. I always have a healthy balance in that account so I am never stuck when the money is needed. £1500 I spent on a new boiler about 6 years ago which wasn't a problem as I had it saved, it works for me anyway
If you are an above average earner then I wouldn't be too jealous for those living in council owned run-down estates , earning £40 a week or whatever they get for not working (the work shy) and then getting a free boiler.
Most benefit claimants are indeed genuine and this offer will be great for those really in need. There is only a very small percentage that isn't genuine, despite what the government want you to believe.
Edited by: "rooney10" 27th Sep
rooney104 m ago

Its called budgeting pal, money management is the key. If you are an above …Its called budgeting pal, money management is the key. If you are an above average earner then I wouldn't be too jealous for those living in council owned run-down estates , earning £40 a week or whatever they get for not working (the work shy) and then getting a free boiler. Most benefit claimants are indeed genuine and this offer will be great for those really in need. There is only a very small percentage that isn't genuine, despite what the government want you to believe.


I know what budgeting is thanks! I work in Finance and have done for nearly 20 years! The point I am making is, those on benefits who choose not to work don't have the same thoughts and worries that those who work do. If my boiler breaks, I need to find a grand. If my roof leaks, I either pay a roofer to fix it or use my home insurance which already costs a fortune to fix it.

Those who are genuinely on benefits deserve the help, I don't question that.
I had this years ago put in by the council then few years later it was removed as it was proved it doesn't work so don't bother
Bovrilontoast9 m ago

I know what budgeting is thanks! I work in Finance and have done for …I know what budgeting is thanks! I work in Finance and have done for nearly 20 years! The point I am making is, those on benefits who choose not to work don't have the same thoughts and worries that those who work do. If my boiler breaks, I need to find a grand. If my roof leaks, I either pay a roofer to fix it or use my home insurance which already costs a fortune to fix it.Those who are genuinely on benefits deserve the help, I don't question that.



Be careful what you wish for.
I'd rather worry about my house selling without complications when its time to move than not to own a house (just an example)

I'd rather work and have to manage my budget carefully to avoid big bills when you least expect them than to keep looking over my shoulder all my life, wondering when you are going to get busted for benefit fraud or drugs or whatever it is the benefit cheats are up to.
So no, you don't have the same thoughts and worries they do , be glad of it !
Edited by: "rooney10" 27th Sep
Update 3/10/18 Energy Saving Advice Line has now deleted phone number below on their webpage and they have not put any contact details ie: energy company links. Useless .gov.uk website!!!

Tried ringing the telephone number given and a recorded message says I have dialed the wrong number. The number given on website is broken, anyone with the correct number please?

Energy Saving Advice Service
Telephone: 0300 123 1234
Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm
Find out about call charges
Edited by: "Ralph888" 3rd Oct
Where are the Deals on the new 1300 quid IPhones
Bovrilontoast2 h, 17 m ago

I know what budgeting is thanks! I work in Finance and have done for …I know what budgeting is thanks! I work in Finance and have done for nearly 20 years! The point I am making is, those on benefits who choose not to work don't have the same thoughts and worries that those who work do. If my boiler breaks, I need to find a grand. If my roof leaks, I either pay a roofer to fix it or use my home insurance which already costs a fortune to fix it.Those who are genuinely on benefits deserve the help, I don't question that.


I don't think you know how benefits work. If you are unemployed, you get JOB SEEKERS allowance. The key is in the name, you have to be actively looking for work full time meaning at least 40 hours a week and then produce evidence of your job seeking and only then you get the allowance. Failure to do so means you get thrown off job seekers allowance. Also for those who do not have skills such as IT/English/maths then they will enforce mandatory training. And if you lack work experience then you get a mandatory unpaid work placement to have recent work history and experience.
Very very few people get away with not doing anything.

Also job seekers is time limited if you don't get a job despite thier help after a certain amount of time you get thrown off anyway.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 27th Sep
Has anyone ever got a free boiler using the scheme?
polarbaba3 m ago

I don't think you know how benefits work. If you are unemployed, you get …I don't think you know how benefits work. If you are unemployed, you get JOB SEEKERS allowance. The key is in the name, you have to be actively looking for work full time meaning at least 40 hours a week and then produce evidence of your job seeking and only then you get the allowance. Failure to do so means you get thrown off join seekers allowance. Also for those who do not have skills such as IT/English/maths then they will enforce mandatory training. And if you lack work experience then you get a mandatory unpaid work placement to have recent work history and experience. Very very few people get away with not doing anything.Also job seekers is time limited if you don't get a job despite thier help after a certain amount of time you get thrown off anyway.


I don't think you know what I have said previously! Those who genuinely are on benefits should get an entitlement to these things, I am referring to the ones who should not be on benefits and those need weeding out and so they don't get all the lovely benefits that come with being (excuse the pun), on benefits). The ones who are on disability but they have absolutely nothing wrong with them but lie etc
clashpie3 m ago

Worst company I have ever used or came across....avoid Npower at all …Worst company I have ever used or came across....avoid Npower at all costs guys. ...now with another company and amazingly my bills are about 50 to 60 % cheaper...AVOID NPOWER FOLKS PLEASE



?????
This is not for gas or elec.
Its a new boiler.
Have they fitted a new boiler for you ?.
Did they do a bad job ?.
clashpie5 m ago

Worst company I have ever used or came across....avoid Npower at all …Worst company I have ever used or came across....avoid Npower at all costs guys. ...now with another company and amazingly my bills are about 50 to 60 % cheaper...AVOID NPOWER FOLKS PLEASE


Aren't you talking about different services, boiler replacement vs utils supplier?
Bovrilontoast12 m ago

I don't think you know what I have said previously! Those who genuinely …I don't think you know what I have said previously! Those who genuinely are on benefits should get an entitlement to these things, I am referring to the ones who should not be on benefits and those need weeding out and so they don't get all the lovely benefits that come with being (excuse the pun), on benefits). The ones who are on disability but they have absolutely nothing wrong with them but lie etc


That's a complex argument, for example when I was sick and went on to claim that benefit, I was paralysed on my left side and was on severe painkillers as well. Could not talk much and certainly not walk. Sleeping was impossible. I scored zero points on thier scale(meaning I was perfect and healthy and fit to work as much as any other able person) and was denied that benefit and was told I could at least answer a phone at work. Even I couldnt travel, couldnt pick the phone up and was heavily tranquilised.
So you see I don't blame people who may stretch the truth because to qualify you almost need to be dying or dead.

Also on my assessment I saw lots of people on thier end of life being called in for this assessment, I was the healthiest one there!.
Most people who are denied , appeal and win... So clearly the process is broken.

Anyone ingenious who gets though is an extreme rarity.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 27th Sep
Nana141 h, 17 m ago

Im 70 not in receipt of any benefits apart from pension ,my boiler was on …Im 70 not in receipt of any benefits apart from pension ,my boiler was on its last legs applied for help ,guy came round checked everything agreed if boiler broke as it was27 years prob no parts availabl,then asked to see my council tax bill .Then shocked me apart from single person allowance had a discount of £11.67 p per year which qualified me for new boiler .warm happy days(and nights)for me.So worth trying for


So without trying to pry into your private affairs do you know what that discount was for? My mum is 77 and she has a Baxi Bermuda back boiler which the BG man that comes to service it annually keeps scaring her regarding the lack of available parts for it i.e. if it breaks she'll need to fork out for a new one etc. Its been a reliable old thing, the boiler that is, not my mother, but its not the efficient and probably needs a replacement. She also receives single person discount off her council tax bill but nothing else as far as I'm aware.
flint6211 h, 55 m ago

PLEASE PLEASE think very carefully before getting Cavity Wall Insulation …PLEASE PLEASE think very carefully before getting Cavity Wall Insulation carried out..... I had this done quite a number of years ago and regretted the decision almost instantly. I have since had it removed after a long drawn out battle, but I'm left with a house that is still damp on the gable end caused by water breaching the cavity because of the insulation. Google the well known issues for yourselves.


Couldn't agree more as, although it doesn't sound like its as bad as you have experienced, I have regretted installing it on my house. Yes its probably warmer but it retains moisture more and my bedroom is typically cold and damp since having it installed. My mum's house is much worse and I really need to see if a claim can be made against the guarantee.
Its a bad idea and not suitable for all buildings. Rather than just jumping on a cheap or free deal, think about asking the builder or a professional if cavity insulation is beneficial for your property.. My house was only 10 years old and rated C. A company called and offered this same deal to most in my street.. My buidler told me not to touch it. Everyone of them that took the deal now has damp problems but at least they are warm... Benefits are that you don't have to decorate if you like black walls, and the shower door effect on the interior windows can also be attractive
polarbaba42 m ago

That's a complex argument, for example when I was sick and went on to …That's a complex argument, for example when I was sick and went on to claim that benefit, I was paralysed on my left side and was on severe painkillers as well. Could not talk much and certainly not walk. Sleeping was impossible. I scored zero points on thier scale(meaning I was perfect and healthy and fit to work as much as any other able person) and was denied that benefit and was told I could at least answer a phone at work. Even I couldnt travel, couldnt pick the phone up and was heavily tranquilised.So you see I don't blame people who may stretch the truth because to qualify you almost need to be dying or dead.Also on my assessment I saw lots of people on thier end of life being called in for this assessment, I was the healthiest one there!.Most people who are denied , appeal and win... So clearly the process is broken. Anyone ingenious who gets though is an extreme rarity.


Very complex and I am certainly not the one to solve that! I hope you are ok btw
welshblob57 m ago

Aren't you talking about different services, boiler replacement vs utils …Aren't you talking about different services, boiler replacement vs utils supplier?


Yes mate.. just saying I wouldn't entertain them in relation to anything based on the bad experience I had with them...maybe they are improving but they'll never see me as a customer again whatever they are offering.
clashpie1 m ago

Yes mate.. just saying I wouldn't entertain them in relation to anything …Yes mate.. just saying I wouldn't entertain them in relation to anything based on the bad experience I had with them...maybe they are improving but they'll never see me as a customer again whatever they are offering.


Well they are merging with SSE retail so it can only get better ;-)
welshblob55 m ago

So without trying to pry into your private affairs do you know what that …So without trying to pry into your private affairs do you know what that discount was for? My mum is 77 and she has a Baxi Bermuda back boiler which the BG man that comes to service it annually keeps scaring her regarding the lack of available parts for it i.e. if it breaks she'll need to fork out for a new one etc. Its been a reliable old thing, the boiler that is, not my mother, but its not the efficient and probably needs a replacement. She also receives single person discount off her council tax bill but nothing else as far as I'm aware.


Yes, BG do that a lot.
I found the parts they claimed were not available for my old boiler WERE available and dead cheap too! OK, it eventually came to the point of not being worth repairing, but I got a lot more life out of it. Wish I still had it - the Combi boiler replacement is noisy and irritating, even more so with boiling hot water from the hot tap when the heating is on in the depths of winter when the boiler thermostat has to be turned well up!
welshblob1 h, 10 m ago

Aren't you talking about different services, boiler replacement vs utils …Aren't you talking about different services, boiler replacement vs utils supplier?


Good point...just saying I wouldn't have them near my house again whatever they are offering.
welshblob1 h, 8 m ago

So without trying to pry into your private affairs do you know what that …So without trying to pry into your private affairs do you know what that discount was for? My mum is 77 and she has a Baxi Bermuda back boiler which the BG man that comes to service it annually keeps scaring her regarding the lack of available parts for it i.e. if it breaks she'll need to fork out for a new one etc. Its been a reliable old thing, the boiler that is, not my mother, but its not the efficient and probably needs a replacement. She also receives single person discount off her council tax bill but nothing else as far as I'm aware.



First look into any benefits she might be able to claim Pension credit etc.I filled the form in with Pension credit for you, to see and got accepted.
Form
npower.com/at_…spx

Having had one fitted under this scheme its a like for like swap. IE a combi for a combi in the same place.
A back boiler replacement would cost a lot more, to remove old system and run new pipes etc for new combi, and she would have to pay for the extra work to be done.
Edited by: "bigwheels" 27th Sep
Had a new boiler, cavity wall insulation and solar panels fitted....what can I get next
Bovrilontoast54 m ago

Very complex and I am certainly not the one to solve that! I hope you are …Very complex and I am certainly not the one to solve that! I hope you are ok btw


Thank you, yes I'm better and working!.
flint6213 h, 48 m ago

PLEASE PLEASE think very carefully before getting Cavity Wall Insulation …PLEASE PLEASE think very carefully before getting Cavity Wall Insulation carried out..... I had this done quite a number of years ago and regretted the decision almost instantly. I have since had it removed after a long drawn out battle, but I'm left with a house that is still damp on the gable end caused by water breaching the cavity because of the insulation. Google the well known issues for yourselves.


I had mold on my room due to condensation. I put wall Indi internally by putting a new plaster board wall and damp proof membrane, it now stinks awful. I'm sure it's affected my health
I filled in form for council tax benefit ,gave details of pension and work pension and thats what discount I get Hope that helps .There is a benefit check web site Turn2 us try putting mums details into it they work out what your entitled to .They also give a list of grants available to you .Only takes 5mins to do worth checkjng it out
Nana1413 m ago

I filled in form for council tax benefit ,gave details of pension and work …I filled in form for council tax benefit ,gave details of pension and work pension and thats what discount I get Hope that helps .There is a benefit check web site Turn2 us try putting mums details into it they work out what your entitled to .They also give a list of grants available to you .Only takes 5mins to do worth checkjng it out


Thanks for that, will give it a try.
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