You may have seen the recent announcement regarding the Green Homes Grant, but what is it?
The Green Homes Grant is a government grant for homeowners in England that will help pay for certain home improvements that involve making your home more energy-efficient.
The grant is expected to benefit around 600,000 people and will pay at least two-thirds of the cost of some energy-saving renovations. The maximum amount available in this scheme is £5000, or £10,000 if you get certain benefits.
What Does the Green Homes Grant Cover?
To qualify for the Green Homes Grant vouchers, you will need to install either insulation or low-carbon heating. These are known as 'primary' measures under the scheme and includes the following:
- Insulation: Solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor), loft insulation, flat roof insulation, room-in-room insulation, park home insulation.
- Air-Source Heat Pump
- Ground-Source Heat Pump
- Solar Thermal Water Heating
- Biomass Boilers
If you install one of the improvements mentioned in the list above using the scheme, you can also get vouchers for 'secondary' energy-saving measure from the list below:
- Double glazing, triple glazing or secondary glazing (only when you're replacing single glazing)
- Energy-efficient doors (only if you are replacing doors fitted before 2002)
- Hot water tank thermostat or appliance thermostat
- How water tank insulation
- Heating controls (such as appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs))
- Draught proofing
Costs that are covered by the voucher include:
When does the Green Homes Grant Start?
Homeowners and landlords can apply for the vouchers now and the scheme will close at the end of March 2021. To qualify, work must be scheduled to be completed, and the voucher redeemed, before 31 March.