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.
Details on the accreditations that installers must have to participate in the scheme, and the range of measures that vouchers will be available for were published on 4th August and can be found on the GOV.UK website. Further details on how to apply for a voucher will be announced by the government ahead of the scheme’s full launch in the Autumn. We will update this page as further information becomes available.
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:
- Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- Installation of air source or ground source heat pump
- Installation of solar thermal systems
Once a primary improvement application has been approved, the consumer can also apply to use their voucher allocation to undertake additional energy-saving measures, these include:
- Double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- Upgrading to energy-efficient doors
- 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?
- The Government says homeowners will be able to access advice and support from the Simple Energy Advice Service (SEA) Website about making their homes more energy efficient at some point in August, although a date has not been confirmed.
- The first vouchers are expected to be issued from the end of September.
- 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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