The Government has launched a £3 billion plan to upgrade homes, schools and hospitals across England. The programme will retrofit buildings – including over 600,000 homes – to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their running costs.
A major part of the programme is the Government’s flagship Green Homes Grant scheme, which makes around £2 billion available to help private homeowners upgrade the energy performance of their homes. For most households, the Government will cover two thirds of the cost of eco-friendly improvements, up to £5,000. For those on low income benefit support, the Government contribution could cover 100% of the cost, up to a maximum of £10,000. There will also be new measures to ensure nearly 3 million privately rented homes are upgraded to modern energy efficiency standards by 2028.
Applying for funding from the Green Homes Grant scheme
Homeowners, private and social landlords can apply for a voucher to help pay for their energy efficiency improvements via the Green Homes Grant scheme. To do so, they need to talk with installers to obtain at least 3 quotes for the work they want to carry out. All installers must be Trustmark certified.
Applying for vouchers online
Having worked out a costed plan with the installers, homeowners can check their eligibility and apply online for the voucher via the Simple Energy Advice Service website
The application will determine whether the homeowner is eligible for funding of up to £5,000 or up to £10,000. The voucher will usually be issued to the homeowner within a few weeks.
What improvements are available?
The available improvements are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures. The voucher must be used to install at least one primary measure. The rest of the voucher’s value is available for secondary measures.
- solid wall insulation
- under floor insulation
- cavity wall insulation
- loft insulation
- flat roof insulation
- room in roof insulation
- insulating a park home
- air or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collectors)
- biomass boilers
- 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
Carrying out the installation
On receiving the voucher, the homeowner can instruct the installer to carry out the installation. The homeowner should be satisfied with the work, and Trustmark will confirm that the work has been carried out to the required standard.
Paying for work
The installer will invoice the homeowner for the work and the homeowner pays for it, using the voucher to contribute the Government’s Green Homes Grant payment towards the costs, up to a maximum of £5,000 or £10,000. The installer can redeem the voucher at any time until the 31st March 2021.