Green Homes Grant
With the launch of Green House Grant today, homeowners in England can apply for £5,000 and £10,000 vouchers of government money to make their property more energy-efficient, as part of a £3billion government energy efficiency scheme.
The government scheme which was initially announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July’ is open as of September 30th, 2020 and will run for a year. It is the government’s hope to make 600,000 properties more energy efficient as part of the scheme.
Landlords and homeowners with low incomes are eligible for grants up to £10,000 covering the full cost of the works.
The scheme covers a wide range range of improvements from:
- insulating walls,
- floors and roofs,
- draft proofing,
- replacing single glazing with double/triple glazing
- putting in low carbon heating such as biomass boilers or heating pumps
- and more
The initiative will support over 600,000 homeowners in England with £5,000 and £10,000 vouchers.
Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said:
‘Our plan to upgrade the nation’s buildings and help build back better is good news for jobs, the environment and people’s back pockets, as we reduce emissions and help cut energy bills.
‘I urge everyone to visit the Green Home Grants website to see how they can make the most of this fantastic scheme.’
Who can apply for Green Homes Grant?
Qualifying households (homeowners and private or social landlords) will get a voucher worth up to £5,000 to help cover the cost of their energy-efficient improvements.
However, if you’re a low-income household and receive certain benefits, you may qualify for a £10,000 voucher instead.
What should you know before you apply:
- Check whether you’re eligible
- Find out what improvements could benefit your household
- Decide which improvements you would like to have carried out and estimate of how much they may cost
- Get a quote from accredited tradespeople to carry out the work
What the voucher can be used for?
The government Green Homes Grant has a full list of approved improvements. You can also use the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website to check what energy efficiency or low carbon heating improvements may be best suited to your home.
The scheme cannot be used to cover expenses such as building an extension, conservatory or installing a gas boiler. However, it can be used to “top-up” improvements in these areas.
How to apply for Green Home Grant?
The scheme goes live on September 30th 2020, and you must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by March 31st 2021.