Green Homes Grant: Everything You Need To Know
Have you always been interested by renewable heating technology but the price has made it unobtainable for you? Or perhaps the RHI scheme’s re-payment options haven’t been enticing enough to encourage you to make the leap to renewable energy and heating? Well, with the new Green Homes Grant scheme introduced by the UK Government, the switch to renewable heating is going to become a lot more viable for many households throughout England.
What Is The Green Homes Grant
The Green Homes Grant is a new scheme introduced by the UK Government whereby households can receive vouchers worth up to £5,000 (or £10,000 if you are on a low income and receive certain benefits) to go towards the cost of installing and making energy efficient improvements to your home.
Available to home owners and landlords, the Green Homes Grant incentivises energy efficient upgrades to homes in England.
Announced earlier this year as part of a £2 billion scheme to upgrade homes across the country, the Green Homes Grant is one of England’s Covid-19 bounce-back initiatives, which will ultimately help households to save money as well as cut carbon.
The installer of your energy efficient improvements will receive payment directly from the government for the costs covered by the voucher, with the balance to be paid for by the homeowner or landlord.
What Is Covered By The Green Homes Grant?
The Green Homes Grant enables you to install one or more energy saving measures which will be subsidised by a voucher from the Government.
The Green Homes Grant must be used to install at least 1 “primary measure”, which can be an insulation measure such as cavity wall or loft insulation, or a low carbon heating measure such as an air or ground source heat pump or biomass boiler.
If at least 1 primary measure is installed then your voucher can also be used to help cover the cost of any “secondary measures” such as draught proofing, double or tipple glazing, heating controls etc. The amount you receive for your secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you receive for primary measures. You can see a full list of primary and secondary measures on the UK Gov website.
Want To Find Out More About The Green Homes Grant?
If you would like to find out some more information about the Green Homes Grant then please get in touch today. You can get in touch by using our contact form, by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 01273 455 695.
When Does The Green Homes Grant Start?
The Green Homes Grant is set to launch late September 2020, although no specific date has been confirmed yet. The government has said that applications will begin at the end of September and the scheme will run until March 2021.
Who Is Eligible For The Green Homes Grant?
To apply for the Green Homes Grant you must either own your home or be a private or social landlord. There is other eligibility criteria also, such as new build properties which have not yet been occupied are not eligible for the scheme, you cannot apply for the scheme if you have already received a grant from your local authority as part of the Local Authority Delivery Scheme, and your property must be in England; this scheme is not available to homeowners in Scotland and Wales.
Certain households on a low income or who receive certain benefits will be eligible for the low-income version of the Green Homes Grant, which allows vouchers up to the value of £10,000 to be issued. You can qualify for the low–income scheme if you receive any of the following:
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Housing benefit
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
An estimated 650,000 homes in England will be eligible for the Green Homes Grant in total.
One condition of the Green Homes Grant is that you must redeem your voucher and ensure your home improvements are completed by the 31st of March 2021. You also cannot use the voucher to pay for work that has already been carried out or to replace existing low carbon heating measures.
Take Advantage Of The Green Homes Grant!
How To Apply For Green Homes Grant Vouchers?
In order to apply for the Green Homes Grant you will want to use the SEA Website to find out what energy efficient improvements you can make to your home as well as finding an accredited business, such as A Greener Alternative, to carry out the work for you.
You can start applying for the voucher from the end of September 2020.
If you would like to find out some more information about the Green Homes Grant and how you can get up to £5,000 towards your energy efficient home improvements, then why not get in touch with A Greener Alternative today. A Greener Alternative are MCS–accredited and Trustmark–approved installers of renewable heating systems and can advise on the best system for your requirements, how to claim your Green Homes Grant vouchers and answer any other questions you may have about the scheme. Find out more about the Green Homes Grant today by getting in touch with A Greener Alternative on: 01273 455695 or contact us with the form on the side of this page…