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Latest UK Government insulation scheme flops as heatwave approaches

Despite popular belief, insulation is important for keeping homes cool in the summer as well as being necessary for winter, but as a second heatwave approaches the UK, a recent study indicates that only 4,648 households so far have benefited from the government’s ongoing The Great British Housing Insulation Scheme (formerly known as the ECO scheme).
Latest UK Government insulation scheme flops as heatwave approaches
Courtesy of Independent Advisor Windows.

The figures from the Department for Energy and Net Zero indicate that less than 2 percent of the target of 300,000 households by March 2026 have had insulation installed under the scheme.

Experts at Independent Advisor Windows have delved further into the data from the scheme to compile a report on the state of insulation in UK households, including a look at the UK regions that have received the most (and least) grants under The Great British Housing Insulation Scheme.

The North West of England received the most ECO installations. In 2023, the region received 209 installations per 1,000 households under the government scheme.

Continuing with another northern region, Yorkshire and The Humber, which has the second most ECO installations in the UK, received 196 installations per 1,000 households in 2023 under the ECO scheme.

In third is the North East of England. During the course of 2023, this region had 189 ECO scheme installations per 1,000 households.

“Improving the energy efficiency of your home is a surefire way to lower your heating costs and improve the general comfort of your home” said Katharine Allison, energy saving expert at Independent Advisor Windows. “One way to do so is to ensure that your home is properly insulated through loft and cavity insulation and have your windows glazed. In terms of window glazing, double or triple glazing is the most energy-efficient; these are windows with more than one pane of glass. Anything less simply won’t be as effective at keeping heat in your home. Other options are installing heavy thermal curtains on your windows as an extra layer of insulation for those cold winter nights. Other benefits of having multi-glazed windows are that there will be fewer draughts when hot air escapes, less outside noise will be able to penetrate your home, and there will be reduced condensation, which can help prevent mould.”

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