Everything you need to know
As part of the UK Government’s new Green Homes Grant Scheme, vouchers worth up to £10,000 will be given to homeowners and landlords to make their homes more energy efficient.
With the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, only announcing on 8th July 2020, there are lots of questions to be asked – and luckily, we have some of the answers.
We have compiled the top questions about the scheme and provided answers below, so that you know how the scheme works, and what it’s all about.
What is the Green Home Grants Scheme?
The Green Home Grants Scheme is a new scheme by the UK Government.
The aim of the scheme is to enable homeowners and landlords to upgrade their homes and properties with energy-saving features, such as insulation or double glazing, in order to reduce energy usage.
What does the scheme provide?
Under the scheme, the UK Government will provide homeowners and landlords with vouchers worth up to a maximum of £10,000.
Most homeowners and landlords will receive vouchers up to £5,000, whilst those on low incomes will receive up to £10,000. But depending on which category you fall into, the scheme works slightly differently.
Which home improvements are covered through the grant?
The Green Homes Grant will cover a variety of energy saving home improvements. Whilst a comprehensive list has not been released just yet, below are some of the confirmed improvements:
- Wall insulation
- Roof insulation
- Double glazing (windows, doors, etc)
I already have double glazing or insulation in my house, can I still apply for the grant?
If you already have the above energy saving measures in your home, you might be wondering if you are still eligible to use the grant.
For example, you may have double glazed windows in your home, but they may not be as energy efficient as they could be.
At the time of writing, the Government have not released the full details of the scheme. When full details are released, we expect the Government to provide a comprehensive list of which energy saving measures are included, and if the grant can cover upgrades to existing energy saving measures (e.g. upgrading energy efficient windows from rating B to A, for example).
Am I eligible for the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
Exact details on the eligibility criteria has not yet been released by the Treasury, but we expect that most homeowners and landlords will be covered.
To get the voucher, you will be shown the energy efficiency measures that the voucher can be used for. All you then have to do is obtain a quote from an accredited supplier.
Once you have received your quote and the type of work is approved, the voucher will be issued.
For those who aren’t class as being on a low income, the vouchers will be worth up to a maximum of £5,000 and can only cover 2/3 of the total cost.
For those on a low income, the vouchers are worth up to £10,000 and can cover 100% of the cost.
How do I apply for a Green Homes Grant?
Applications for the Green Homes Grant Scheme will open in September.
From September, every household can apply for a £5,000 voucher for home insulation and other energy efficiency measures. Some households with lower incomes will qualify for £10,000. This applies to wall insulation, energy efficient boilers, replacement windows and doors and low-energy lighting. The scheme will be launched with an online portal to apply for the vouchers, which can then be used with accredited local suppliers.
Should I use a Green Homes Grant?
If you meet the eligibility criteria, we recommend most homeowners make use of the grant.
Installing energy saving measures into your home can help to lower energy bills, saving you money each month, whilst also helping the environment.
The scheme is designed with the aim of lowering energy bills, while at the same time creating more jobs for the UK economy, touted as “green jobs”.