With further details released about the Green Homes Grant, find out how you can apply for vouchers for energy saving home improvements, how much you're eligible for, and who can carry out the work.
The Government has today released further information about its Green Homes Grant, one of its headline schemes in looking to stimulate growth in the economy and provide jobs in the continuing aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
This latest information clarifies how the scheme will operate, who is eligible to carry out the works and how the Goverment will ensure quality standards.
What does the Green Homes Grant cover?
The Green Homes Grant has been created to help homes in England become more energy efficient and will issue vouchers to households which can be redeemed against measures that both bring renewable energy sources into homes and retrofit existing homes for better efficiency.
The vouchers will be able to be spent on the following:
- Solid wall, underfloor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- Air source or ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal
Double or triple glazing, or secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- Replacing and upgrading energy efficient doors
- Hot water tank and appliance tank thermostats or heating controls
How much money am I eligible too?
The Government will pay at least two-thirds of the cost of energy-saving home improvements, up to the value of £5,000 per household. As an example, if the cost to install cavity wall and floor insulation in a semi-detached or end-of-terrace house was £4,000, the household would pay £1,320 and the Government would contribute £2,680 in vouchers.
Low-income households are eligible for the Government to pay the full cost of improvements, up to the value of £10,000. This has been clarified to include low-income owner occupiers (though an earnings threshold has not yet been specified) and those in receipt of income-based or disability benefits.
At present, the scheme is only eligible for households in England, not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
How will the Green Homes Grant scheme operate?
At some point in August, homeowners in England will be able to access advice on improving their home’s energy efficiency from the Simple Energy Advice service, which will suggest which home improvements the Green Home Grant could fund for their property.
This service will then offer a list of approved businesses who can carry out the work from their local area. Once the work has been agreed, vouchers will begin to issue from the end of September, allowing work to be carried out.
The scheme is currently scheduled to run until March 2021.
Who can carry out the work?
The list provided to households will be made up of TrustMark registered businesses, including those approve via the Microgeneration Scheme (MCS). TrustMark is a Government Endorsed Quality Scheme, with Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma stating: “Our TrustMark scheme will guarantee that building work is completed to a high standard by accredited tradespeople, ensuring consumers are fully protected.”
Tradespeople who wish to be involved in the Green Homes Grant will have to register for TrustMark or get MCS accreditation.
However, some commentators have already expressed concerns that the need for tradespeople to join these schemes will create unnecessary bureaucracy which will stand in the way of the Green Home Grant’s success.
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