It’s that time of the year when we check for proper insulation and heating of our homes in preparation for the cold. With a big variety of options available, why not go green? In fact, the government is offering people money to make their homes more energy-efficient.

Interested? Here’s all the information you need.

How does it work?

The government will provide a voucher worth up to £5000 (or £10000 in certain circumstances) to help cover the cost of making energy-efficient improvements to your home through the Green Homes Scheme.

It will assist homeowners 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.

What are the improvements covered?

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

What isn’t covered?

The following are not covered by the grant: Building a new extension Insulating a conservatory without fixed heating Installing a new fossil fuel boil. Bywhe Renewables can assess your home and recommend which measures may be suited for you.

How to apply?

The work needs to be completed by 31st March 2021. Act now as inquires have already started to roll in.