Hotspot Insulation Scheme

The Hotspot insu­la­tion offer is still run­ning  — every­one in Portobello should have received a let­ter offer­ing reduced price loft and cav­ity wall insu­la­tion, through the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre.

We have had sev­er­al suc­cess­ful install­a­tions in houses and tene­ments across Portobello, and we’re sure it’s help­ing lots of people to stay warm in this icy weath­er.

Insulation can help to save lots of money on your bills, as well as redu­cing the car­bon emis­sions from your home.

We hope as many folk as pos­sible will take up this one-off deal. Insulation is free for those in receipt of cer­tain benefits.Just call 0800 512 012 to arrange a free no-oblig­a­tion sur­vey for loft or cav­ity wall insu­la­tion.

The Hotspot insu­la­tion scheme uses accred­ited installers and is run by PEDAL in part­ner­ship with ESSac.

Here are some guide prices…

3 bed­room house — Cavity Wall Insulation 129* loft insu­la­tion £149 — £179*

2 – 3 bed­room tene­ment flat  — Loft Insulation £149 — £269*

*Prices are sub­ject to tech­nic­al sur­vey.

A third of all the heat lost in an un-insu­lated home is through the walls, and around a quarter goes through the roof. So cav­ity wall and loft insu­la­tion are effect­ive ways to save both energy and money at home. For example, if your home has cav­ity walls, insu­lat­ing them could save on aver­age around £115 a year on your fuel bills.

If you live in a tene­ment, or if your home can­’t take loft or cav­ity wall insu­la­tion, please con­tact us for advice on oth­er ways you can do to save money and energy. For more inform­a­tion please con­tact our Energy Worker, Charlotte Bickmore, at or on 0131 258 4483.

3 responses to “Hotspot Insulation Scheme

  1. Building codes effect­ing insu­la­tion levels would­n’t really start to take affect until early 1980’s. If your house­hold was built pre­vi­ous to 1984, there is a reas­on­ably good chance that an attic has small attic insu­la­tion. Builders in the 1940’s would not insu­late much of any­thing, build­ers in the par­tic­u­lar 1960’s filled the place between the ceil­ing rafters with con­cern­ing 4 inches of insu­la­tion. Builders in the actu­al 1990’s installed 8 in . (R‑25 in order to R‑30) regard­ing loose-fill fiber­glass insu­la­tion and by the year 2000, insu­la­tion levels received reached 12 inches (R‑38). *

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  2. Insulation is only effect­ive if it stops air exchange in and out of the house as well (infiltration/exfiltration) or is paired with air-seal­ing strategies. Most of the heat lost from older homes in the winter goes out through small gaps and cracks in the build­ing enclos­ure, and cold out­side air gets sucked in at the found­a­tion — this is the ‘stack’ effect — or how a chim­ney oper­ates, and it requires the heat­ing sys­tem to re-heat the air. An air-tight home must also have good mech­an­ic­al vent­il­a­tion, of course, to swap an appro­pri­ate amount of air (ASHRAE 62.2 res­id­en­tial vent­il­a­tion stand­ard ‑US) to exhaust con­tam­in­ants and odors and bring in fresh air, but much more energy can be saved than is spent on run­ning the vent­il­a­tion sys­tem. I love insu­la­tion, but it can be a waste if air seal­ing is not also done.

    • Hi Mark, thanks for your com­ment. We would cer­tainly advise people to draught­proof their homes as thor­oughly as pos­sible if they can, espe­cially in an older prop­erty. The Hotspot offer that we are pro­mot­ing is mainly for loft and cav­ity wall insu­la­tion, and is afford­able to most people and in some cases free. Unfortunately there are only lim­ited offers at the moment for draught­proof­ing (if you are in receipt of cer­tain bene­fits or over 70 you may qual­i­fy), and none for vent­il­a­tion sys­tems. With this offer we are hop­ing to pro­mote the most afford­able ways for people to keep their homes warm­er and reduce their car­bon emis­sions, how­ever, we would like to look fur­ther into hard-to-treat prop­er­ties and what can be done to insu­late them.

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