GREEN HOMES GRANT
Homeowners across England will receive vouchers worth up to £10,000 to make energy saving improvements to their properties.
This Green Homes Grant Scheme is part of a £3billion green package to create jobs, upgrade buildings and protect the environment. This has been put into action as part of the efforts to build the economy after Covid-19.
Green Homes Grant – how they work
Here’s how the Green Homes Grant works, including latest details of which energy efficiency measures are covered.The Chancellor last month announced that homeowners will be able to claim vouchers of up to £5,000 for energy-saving home improvements, with the poorest getting up to £10,000.
As part of a £2 billion Green Homes Grant announced for England, eligible homeowners will be able to use the vouchers to pay for environmentally friendly improvements.
How will the vouchers work?
In restrictions announced recently , energy efficiency measures allowed under the scheme are being divided into two categories: “primary” and “secondary”.
In order to qualify for funding to cover secondary measures, home owners must first carry out one of the primary measures.
And, the amount of money offered by the government for secondary measures is capped at the amount the home owner claimed for primary improvements. So if you receive £1,000 towards primary upgrades, your grant for any secondary measures will be capped at £1,000.
How do I apply for a Green Homes Grant?
Applications for the Green Homes Grant Scheme will open in September and will take place via the Simple Energy Advice website. But you will need to obtain a quote from an approved installer.
The Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website will recommend some suitable home improvements to you. You will then need to obtain a quote from a local company who is accredited to do the work like All green installations Ltd
If the works are deemed suitable, a voucher will be issued to you.
How Much are the Vouchers Worth?
Under the scheme, the government will pay at least two-thirds of the cost of home improvements that save energy, up to £5,000.
For example, if you were to have double glazed windows installed for around £2,000, then the government would contribute around £1,333 and the homeowner would pay around £666.
The poorest households will be eligible to receive up to £10,000 towards these improvements. And these poorest homeowners will not have to contribute anything to the cost.
How do I find a tradesperson?
You will need to have the works done by a tradesperson accredited to take part in the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme.
Our Company is accredited and can carry out all works for you. We will first do a survey of your house and then provide a quote which will need to be uploaded when applying for the grant voucher.
Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September online, so work can commence.
GREEN HOME GRANT EXAMPLES
Green Home Grant Example : Double Glazing
A new double-glazing window costs approximately £600 so in a detached house with 13 windows, the total cost of getting the glazing replaced would be £7,800.
2 / 3rd Government contribution – £5,200
1 / 3rd Household contribution – £2,600
However, the maximum homeowner grant is £5000, so the homeowner would actually have to pay £2,800.
Green Home Grant Example 3: Solid Wall insulation
on a typical semi detached house. The cost of installing 90mm of EPS is approximately £90 per m2, so on a semi detached house could be anywhere from £10,000 to £14,000 depending on the length of the flank wall.
In this case you would get the full £5,000 grant and need to top up the remaining £5,000 – £9,000 for the rest of the works. This being the case, it maybe an option just to do a particular problem wall e.g. a long cold flank wall for example.
What about those who can’t afford to make the ‘Customer Contribution’?
The scheme is open to all, but it is thought that Low Income households will be able to claim £10,000 under the scheme and those households will not be required to make any contribution..