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The Green Homes Grant Scheme opens on Wednesday 30th September

From tomorrow (30th September), homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills. The voucher covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to the home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. Applicants may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy if they are a homeowner and either they or a member of their household receives one of the qualifying benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of these vouchers is £10,000. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme.

  • Posted On: 29 September 2020
The Green Homes Grant Scheme opens on Wednesday 30th September

From tomorrow (30th September), homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.

The voucher covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to the home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. Applicants may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy if they are a homeowner and either they or a member of their household receives one of the qualifying benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of these vouchers is £10,000. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme.

What the voucher can be used for

The available measures are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures.

Primary measures

The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure. This can be an insulation measure and/or a low carbon heating measure.

Insulation measures

The following insulation measures are covered by the voucher:

  • solid wall
  • under floor
  • cavity wall
  • loft
  • flat roof
  • room in roof
  • insulating a park home

Low carbon heat measures

The following low carbon heating measures are covered by the voucher:

  • air or ground source heat pump
  • solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collectors)
  • biomass boilers

Further information on these measures will be announced soon.

You cannot use the voucher to help pay for works that were carried out prior to the voucher being issued.

You cannot use the voucher to replace insulation or low carbon heating measures that are already installed in your home. However, you can use the voucher to ‘top up’ existing measures (for example, installing additional loft insulation up to the recommended level).

Secondary measures

If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can be used to help cover the cost of any of the following secondary measures:

  • draught proofing
  • double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazed windows)
  • secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • external energy efficient doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)
  • heating controls
  • hot water tank thermostats and insulation

The amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures.

Items not covered by the voucher

There are certain items that are not covered by the voucher, including:

  • building a new extension or conversion to your home
  • insulating a conservatory with no fixed heating
  • installing a new fossil fuel boiler (such as gas, oil or LPG boilers)
  • How to apply

  • Use the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website to check what energy efficiency or low carbon heat improvements can be made to your home.

  • Use the SEA website to find accredited tradespeople or businesses in your area that are able to undertake the work and obtain quotes from them. You should get at least 3 quotes to make sure you are getting the best value for money.

  • Apply for the voucher from the end of September 2020.

  • You should only enter into a commitment to carry out work once you have had confirmation that your voucher application has been accepted.

    You must make sure the work is scheduled to be completed, and the voucher redeemed subject to its terms and conditions, by 31 March 2021.

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