Preventing heat escaping from your house through the roof, walls, windows or floor is an important first step towards reducing your carbon emissions and can save you money.
Many of the old houses in our community have particular challenges but some modern houses, especially those built before 1990, can also have issues.
We’re encouraging residents to check out and improve their insulation, without compromising ventilation. We held an information evening with three experts in this field in Feb 2020. They stressed that each house is different and a good way forward is to have a home consultation. They may recommend some measures you can take yourself, for others you would need to employ a builder. One local resident who took up this option commented on how helpful it was to get a clear idea of how he could improve efficiency economically.
Under the recent Green Homes Grants Scheme homeowners and landlords applied for vouchers towards the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of their home. However the scheme, widely criticised for its bureaucracy, has now closed. There is talk of a replacement scheme through local authorities.
In the meantime you can apply to Warm and Well, the scheme run by Stroud District Council and South Gloucs Council, for grant funding for loft and cavity wall insulation. If there is someone living in the property who is aged 60 or above OR you have children under the age of 16 or under 20 that are in full time education (excluding higher education) you may be eligible for a grant. Also, if anyone in the household has a health condition that is made worse by cold and damp homes, then you may be eligible for a grant.
Grant funding is also available to help those who do not currently have a mains gas central heating system (including electric storage heaters) or have no heating system at all. Regardless of tenure, if you are in receipt of certain benefits or have a low income, you may be eligible for funding.
If you are interested in applying for help with your heating, contact the Warm and Well scheme on 0800 500 3076
For more general advice on insulation you can download our information sheet on energy saving or look at the resources at