Homeowners across England will have until March 2022 to upgrade their homes with energy efficient solutions with the Green Homes Grant. The Prime minister has announced the extension of the program until March 2020 with additional £2 Billion to help up to 600,000 households save up to £600 a year on their energy bills. The Green Homes Grant provides funding up to £5k for your energy-efficient home improvements. Find out more about this grant.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
The Green homes Grant is a government initiative developed to help homeowners make sustainable home improvements by issuing vouchers to use towards the cost of these improvements. This includes the installation of heat pumps, biomass boilers / stoves, insulation and double glazing.
This grant is available to homeowners in England, including owners, social and private landlords.
The Scheme was developed to help reduce energy costs for over 600,000 homes.
The Original deadline for all the works was set on 31 March 2021. However, the Prime Minister has announced in November that the program is extended until 31 March 2022.
The announcement came after tradespeople and homeowners expressed that the original deadline was too short resulting in projects not been finished on time and benefiting from the grant.
How does it work?
The Green Homes Grant provides homeowners with the opportunity to improve insulation so as to reduce energy loss or switch to low-carbon heating options to lower the amount of CO2 your home produces and save on energy bills.
The grant scheme covers two-thirds of the cost of qualifying energy-efficient or low carbon heating improvements. Up to £5000.
If you are a low income and receive certain benefits, you can receive a voucher covering all the costs up to £10000.
The government will pay the installer directly for the carried works. You do not need to pay out of pocket and wait to be reimbursed.
Who Is Eligible?
You can benefit from the Green Homes Scheme as long as you own your home in England (home owners but also long-leaseholders and shared ownership are included) or a private or social landlord.
Few conditions apply; New-build properties that have not been previously occupied are not eligible, nor those who already received a grant from their local authority as part of the local authority delivery scheme.
Note that the Green Homes Grant can be used in conjunction with the domestic RHI so far as you don’t currently receive RHI payments the same installation you’re applying for with the grant.
What are the improvements covered?
As discussed in our previous blog regarding the Green Home Grant, the improvements covered by the Green Homes Scheme are split into primary and secondary measures.
The voucher provided must be used to install at least one primary measure. A primary measure can be either insulation or low carbon heating.
Insulation includes a solid wall, underfloor, cavity wall, loft, flat roof, a room in the roof, or insulating a park home.
Low carbon heating includes biomass pellet boilers, solar thermal, air or ground source heat pump.
Note that you cannot use the voucher to replace any primary measure you’ve had already installed in your home.
If you install at least one primary measure, the voucher can be used to help cover the cost of a secondary measure as long as the amount you get towards the cost of it does not exceed the amount for the primary measures.
Secondary measures include the following:
Windows and doors: draught-proofing, double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazed windows), secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing), energy-efficient replacement doors
Heating controls and insulation: Hot water tank thermostats and insulation, heating controls
How to apply?
Now that the deadline is extended, you can follow these steps and get your upgrades under this scheme.
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