The following are the main HOME IMPROVEMENT measures
which can be provided FREE within the ECO4 scheme

The measures that will be installed will be properly determined once the survey on your house has been carried out. Invariably, you will most certainly get FREE Solar Panels. The installatiton of the other things will be determined by the EPR (Energy Performance Report), which is a specialised  type of house survey carried out by a properly qualified professional. The EPR is a bit like the EPC which you would have seen if you had been involved in buying or selling a house.

The EPR will carefully detail the energy loss position of your house and the correct measures that need to be implemented in order to move it up two bands in the EPC rating system.

Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV)

‘Solar Photovoltaic’ is the term used to describe the panels which have become more commonplace on roofs and on the ground. This electricity generation is done by using photovoltaic cells that are made from semiconductor materials that are combined to make panels of different sizes and capacities.

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Air Source heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) absorb heat from the outside air to heat the property and the hot water even in ambient air temperatures is as low as -15°C. They operate on electricity, but because they extract renewable heat from the outside, the heat output is greater than the electricity input.

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House Insulation

It is believed that around a quarter of the heat produced by your boiler and central heating system is wasted by losing it through the top of your house; the roof and attic. Putting in loft insulation by using something like mineral wool fibre is the accepted way to prevent this heat loss. The depth of the wool is important in order to maximise the heat-saving effect and the recommended level is 270mm.

Solid Wall Insulation

Many older houses do not have cavity walls, so a type of solid wall insulation has to be used. This is done by adding insulation to the inside surface of the external walls of the house, then typically covering that with plaster board. This approach is often used in conservation areas and listed buildings.

Roof Insulation

Some buildings have converted the loft space into rooms, which means that a different approach has to be taken. A process similar to the one explained for Solid Wall Insulation is generally used. Insulation boards are fitted to the surface of all the upright, sloping walls, flat ceilings, gable walls and dormer window ceilings where applicable.

Cavity Wall Insulation

To reduce heat loss, Cavity Wall Insulation is used to improve the energy efficiency of a building. The material used in Scotland  is usually polystyrene beads inserted between the inner and outer layers of the walls of the building. Small holes are drilled into the outer wall, through which the insulation is pumped. The holes are then filled and covered in such a way as to match the surrounding outer wall.