As it is becoming increasingly evident the impact we are having on the environment with our daily lifestyles, the government this year have decided to launch a new £2 billion scheme. Announced by Rishi Sovak as one of his many valuable schemes, Green Homes Grant Scheme aims to support homeowners or landlords in making their homes more sustainable and efficient in how much energy they use day-to-day.
The grant will be given to homeowners in the form of vouchers, which can be used to go towards the cost of home improvements such as replacement windows, doors, insulation and much more. Any aspect of your home that is causing you to use far more energy than should be necessary could make you suitable for the scheme, allowing you to save money, energy and feel more confident in your home’s contribution to sustainability.
What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
A new government scheme that allows homeowners and landlord in England to apply for vouchers to improve their homes in an effort to make them more energy-efficient. The amount of the vouchers is dependent on the varying incomes of households, with most vouchers being capped at £5000 but a maximum of £10,000 vouchers available to those on lower incomes.
You can receive a voucher that covers up to two-thirds of the cost of your home improvements, making it far more affordable for households to adapt their homes to use energy more efficiently. Not only do these vouchers benefit homeowners who may be struggling with draughty and cold homes, but they will help to create tons of local work for home improvement companies at a time when everyone is tight for cash.
What’s included in the scheme?
For a complete outline of what exact types of home improvements are included in the scheme, head to Simple Energy Advice. Briefly, though, the scheme is broken down into two main categories – primary and secondary measures.
Primary measures consist of:
- Insulation e.g. solid walls, cavity walls, under-floor, loft, flat roof etc.
- Low carbon heat e.g. air or ground source heat pumps, solar panels, and biomass pellet boilers.
Secondary measures are:
- Windows and doors e.g. draught-proofing, double or triple glazing, and replacement doors.
- Heating controls and insulation e.g. hot water tank thermostats, tank insulation or smart heating controls.
Before applying for the scheme, you will need to make sure you have pinpointed which energy-efficient improvements your home needs and which are doable. If you’re simply after a new extension or decking for your garden, for example, this scheme isn’t for you.
How do you apply?
The Green Homes Grant Scheme is open for applications from the end of September 2020, so it’s important to apply as soon as you can. Make sure to use the official energy advice tool to see if your home is eligible, which improvements you require and an estimation of how much you may be able to receive in vouchers.
Not every home in England will be eligible to apply to the scheme – you either need to own a home or be a private landlord to gain access and apply. If your home is newly built and you are the first to own and occupy it, you are not eligible as the scheme aims to improve older homes that may not have been built with efficiency at the forefront.
Now you have an understanding of what the scheme can offer you and how to apply, don’t waste any time. The scheme is open for applications from the end of September so get in their early as all vouchers must be used by March 2021.