What is the green homes grant?
Green Homes Grant
The Chancellor announced on 8th July a £2bn Green Homes Grant in England.
Under this scheme homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for a voucher to fund up to two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their home (up to a maximum contribution of £5000). Low income households will be eligible for up to £10,000 government funding.
The new scheme will see the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements of over 600,000 homes, supporting over 100,000 jobs in green construction. The aim of the scheme is to help homeowners become more energy-efficient, but also to help boost the economy during the coronavirus pandemic by creating jobs.
How much can I get?
- For most homeowners, 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.
- There are also boosted £10,000 vouchers for low-income households, where the homeowner won’t need to pay anything towards improvement costs.
- This will be for those receiving at least one income-based or disability benefit.
Vouchers can be used to undertake one or more of the following enhancements:
- External wall insulation; internal wall insulation; cavity wall insulation
- Under-floor insulation: solid Floor
- Under-floor insulation: suspended Floor
- Loft insulation; flat roof insulation; room-in-roof insulation
- Air source; ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal
- Biomass boiler
In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy-saving measures. These include one or more of the following:
- Draught proofing; double or triple glazing; secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- Energy-efficient replacement doors
- Hot water tank thermostat; hot water tank insulation; heating controls
The grant scheme is available until the end of March 2021 and applies to England only.
Who is eligible for the voucher?
- The Government has confirmed all owner-occupied homes, including long-leaseholders and shared ownership properties, will be eligible to use the general £5,000 voucher scheme.
- Landlords of both private rented and social domestic housing can also use the scheme, along with park homeowners.
- New build domestic and commercial properties cannot get the grant.
- The Government says households will be offered a list of accredited local tradespeople in their area who are registered with the scheme – and only these tradespeople can carry out the necessary works.
- To be part of the scheme, tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme accreditation. SE Plumbing & Heating are accredited by both the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and TrustMark.
How can I get my voucher?
- To qualify for a voucher, the homeowner or landlord must complete the following application form here, but should read the guidance first here.
- The grant scheme is available until the end of March 2021 and applies to England only.
- The Treasury has said it hopes the scheme will help pay for improvements in more than 600,000 homes across England.
Green Homes Grant and Renewable Heat Incentive
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