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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 15th Nov 11, 12:24 PM
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    Free and Cheap Insulation Official Discussion
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    • 15th Nov 11, 12:24 PM
    Free and Cheap Insulation Official Discussion 15th Nov 11 at 12:24 PM



    Free boilers, loft and cavity wall insulation

    This thread is to discuss the article Free Boilers and Insulation and lists all the top freebies you can bag from energy suppliers.

    Got any questions/feedback?

    Let us know what you think of the guide and if you've managed to successfully get the freebies. Was it easy, did you have any problems, have you told friends & family about it?

    Any good questions we'll add to the guide.

    Thanks

    MSE Archna
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 03-07-2013 at 10:09 AM.
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    • ChyEbren
    • By ChyEbren 16th Nov 11, 9:27 AM
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    • 16th Nov 11, 9:27 AM
    It's not "Free for all"! Please stop saying it is.
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    • 16th Nov 11, 9:27 AM
    I really wish people, especially the government, but alas now including MoneySavingExpert, would stop advertising "free insulation for all". It's just not true. I live in rural Cornwall and my home, like so many in the countryside all over England, does not have cavity walls. I have had to spend thousands buying and installing special insulating wallpaper for my single-skin walls to try to reduce heating costs.

    As usual the government have latched upon an easy, high-publicity-potential campaign which specifically benefits townies and ignores those of us who don't live in cities.

    It's not benefits "for all", it's still very much for "some" only.

    Sharon
    • jcw17
    • By jcw17 16th Nov 11, 9:30 AM
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    • 16th Nov 11, 9:30 AM
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    • 16th Nov 11, 9:30 AM
    Please make people aware of door-to-door salesmen who are offering to come and fill your walls with cavity insulation - we get them approx. once a week!

    We had someone about a month ago who wanted to come round and do this for us the following week but without conducting a survey first, he also claimed that it wouldn't cost us a penny but I knew having been looking into this we didn't qualify for a 100% grant. When I later contacted the company they couldn't tell me how this would be achieved, so I rang Trading Standards to ask if they knew anything about the company concerned. They said they were prevented from giving out details about specific companies but said they wouldn't recommened using anyone unless they were recommended by the Energy Saving Trust. Of course when I went to the EST website then this company wasn't listed at all. However, I did contact a company that was was recommended by the EST and they came and did a free survey yesterday morning and informed us that it is actually going to be quite tricky to fill our walls as we are going to need to hire scaffolding to go over the conservatory and move the shed so that they can get proper access to another wall. They all stressed how important it is for the walls to be completely filled as otherwise they will end up with temperature differences within a wall which could lead to condensation. My guess is that the original company would have just filled whatever they could get at and not worried about the areas they couldn't reach.

    So, we have decided to wait until next year when we will need to hire scaffolding to paint the house and then will ask the EST recomended company to come back and install the installation ready for next winter.

    So I guess it is the old story - if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
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    • 16th Nov 11, 10:00 AM
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    • 16th Nov 11, 10:00 AM
    Anyone been able to get cavity insulation for just an extension part of the house ? Our main house had cavity wall insulation many years ago and it's working well but we then converted the garage to an extra room. That part does not have cavity wall insulation (and it wasn't required by the building regs at the time).
    It's quite a large area but less than 20% of the total house and as a result it doesn't qualify under any of the free schemes.
    I'd be happy to pay to have it done but again can't find anyone interested in doing that (South Worcestershire) so - unless someone here knows better ? - will have to put up with the heat loss. Very frustrating !
    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 16th Nov 11, 10:28 AM
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    • 16th Nov 11, 10:28 AM
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    • 16th Nov 11, 10:28 AM
    I really wish people, especially the government, but alas now including MoneySavingExpert, would stop advertising "free insulation for all". It's just not true. I live in rural Cornwall and my home, like so many in the countryside all over England, does not have cavity walls. I have had to spend thousands buying and installing special insulating wallpaper for my single-skin walls to try to reduce heating costs.

    As usual the government have latched upon an easy, high-publicity-potential campaign which specifically benefits townies and ignores those of us who don't live in cities.

    It's not benefits "for all", it's still very much for "some" only.

    Sharon
    Originally posted by ChyEbren
    Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for the feedback, we will bear it mind. Don't forget though, that the free insulation includes loft insulation too - so hopefully you can still benefit from that. Loft insulation usually saves more because heat rises.

    MSE Archna
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