Rishi Sunak the chancellor recently announced a new incentive for the UK to benefit from a new Government Energy Saving Grant Scheme to improve their homes energy efficiency.
2 Billion pounds worth of vouchers are available and are due to be released to home owners in Sept 2020 – As There is only funding for 600,000 homes across England so we believe they will go very quickly.
More Info and details of how to apply for a voucher can Be Found on The Government Simple Energy Advice Website
Why A Green Homes Grant Scheme?
The aim of the scheme is to help homeowners and promote energy efficiency, but also to help boost the economy during the coronavirus pandemic by creating jobs.
This scheme will run alongside the Existing ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme which provide Heating & Insulation Upgrades to people who currently receive UK benefits.
Is The Green Homes Grant Scheme For All The UK?
The Green Homes Grant applies to England only – Wales / Northern Ireland / Scotland are not included.
How will the Green Homes Grant work?
This Green Homes Grant scheme will assist eligible homeowners to use the vouchers to help pay for environmentally friendly improvements such as loft, floor and wall insulation or double glazing to replace single glazing.
You’ll have to apply for a voucher which will be issued to homeowners in England in September which can be used towards the cost of energy efficient improvements, which will cover a third of the cost up to £5000.
People on Uk Benefits will receive a grant of up to £10000 and will pay nothing.
How much will the vouchers be worth?
The vouchers will be worth about two-thirds of the cost of the energy efficient improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 per household.
EXAMPLE – a measure costing £4,000 will cost you only £1,320, with the Government paying £2,680 via the voucher.
Vouchers for Low Income Households
The Government will cover the full cost of the energy efficient improvements, so you won’t have to pay anything, and the vouchers could be worth up to £10,000 per household.
Only owner-occupied homes or park homes will be eligible.
What will the vouchers cover?
To qualify for a voucher you need to be installing at least one of the following “primary” improvements:
Insulation – Solid Wall – Cavity Wall – Underfloor -Loft – Roof Room Insulation.
Low Carbon / Renewable Heating – Air-source / Ground-source heat pumps – Solar Thermal Systems.
( Note – low carbon heating is subject to you having adequate insulation in your home. )
If you already have these measures installed, you can use the vouchers to install top-ups (Nor replacement) for existing insulation needed to reach recommended levels.
After installing a primary measure, you will be able to use a vouchers to install the following”
Double or triple glazing, or secondary glazing, – single glazing only
Energy efficient doors, – doors installed before 2002.
New Heating controls and insulation
Hot water tank thermostats,
hot water tank insulation,
smart heating controls,
delayed-start thermostats and
thermostatic radiator valves.
Note – You can only receive the same amount of funding for secondary measures equal to the amount you have spent for primary measures.
Who Is Eligible For A Voucher
Blue gas flames
shared ownership properties
Landlords of private
Park home owners.
New-build domestic properties and all non-domestic properties, for example commercial premises, DON’T qualify
How can I apply for a voucher?
Advice and support can be accessed from the Simple Energy Advice service (SEA)
Once the work is agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from “the end of September”.
Will any firm be able to do this – or just specific installers?
Applicants will be offered a list of approved Trustmark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited tradespeople who are registered with the scheme to carry out the work.
What about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
the Warmer Homes Scheme offers financial help towards installing measures such as wall and loft insulation and draught-proofing if you’re a homeowner or private tenant who’s lived in your home for more than 12 months.
the Nest scheme It also provides free energy efficiency improvements such as insulation and new boilers for those who own or privately rent their homes and either receive a means-tested benefit or have a low income and a chronic respiratory, circulatory or mental health condition.
you could get a grant of up to £1,000 towards replacing an inefficient boiler that’s more than 15 years old through the Boiler Replacement Scheme, if your household income is less than £40,000.
Other Grants Available