You can apply for one or more of the primary home renovation projects under the Green Homes Grant.
You cannot claim the voucher for work that has already been carried out. That is to say, you cannot claim a voucher for a heat pump you have already installed prior to the launch of the grant — it must be carried out during the period of the grant. You may, however, use the voucher to top up your existing installations, such as upgrading old windows to new windows.
The following energy-saving projects are covered:
- Insulation of solid walls, cavity walls, under floors, lofts, flat roofs, room in roof, insulating a park home
- Air source heat pumps
- Ground source heat pumps
- Hybrid heat pumps
- Solar thermal
- Biomass boilers
- When it comes to low carbon heating measures, it is important that they replace an existing fossil-fuelled system—except when it comes to solar thermal panels.
Secondary renovations are only possible if at least one primary measure is carried out.
Moreover, you only qualify for secondary measures if you are upgrading to these measures—for example, if you already have double glazed windows you cannot qualify for new double glazed windows.
- Upgrading to double glazing
- Upgrading to secondary glazing
- Upgrading to triple glazing
- Upgrading to draught-proof doors (when replacing doors that have been installed prior to 2002)
- Upgrading to draught-proof windows
- Heating controls
- Hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/smart meters for heating.
The costs of the secondary measures cannot exceed the costs of the primary measures.
According to estimates from the Treasury, families can save as much as £300 per year through the Green Homes grant by reducing their energy bills with these measures.
In order to participate in the scheme, homeowners can apply online from September onward, and will receive a redeemable voucher that they can then use with accredited partners.
What Is Not Covered by the Scheme?
The Green Homes Grant covers a variety of green home improvements, but there are certain works that it does not cover. The overall aim of the scheme is to make homes more energy-efficient, and any works that do not relate to this will not qualify you for a voucher.
The following is not covered by the Green Homes Grant:
- Any renovation that was carried out prior to a voucher being issued
- Any type of renovation that does not improve a home’s energy efficiency
- Boiler replacements or repairs
- Building a new extension to your home
- Insulating extensions or conservatories that do not have fixed heating installed
In addition, it is worth noting that solar panels (photovoltaic panels) are not currently included in the Green Homes Grant. It is only solar thermal panels that are included.
Who Is Eligible for the Green Homes Grant?
To be eligible for the grant, your home must be in England. The project needs to be carried out before 31 March 2021.
In order to qualify, you must either:
- be the owner of your own home, or
- be a private or social landlord (landlords are not eligible for the low-income part of the grant scheme)
Newly-built properties that have not been occupied previously are not eligible under the Green Homes Grant.
Getting work done during national restrictions Tradespeople, including Green Homes Grant installers, can continue to work in people’s homes under the national restrictions from 5 November.
You can still apply for a grant and get the work done. We will follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
If you would prefer, to minimise contact during national restrictions, we can provide a quote remotely using a video call or detailed photos.
How to Ensure You Can Redeem the Voucher
In order to redeem the voucher, the work must be completed before the 31 March 2021. Once the work has been completed, you will need to provide the following information:
- Satisfactory completion of the project before 31 March 2021
- All necessary documentation from the installer regarding the project, including a dated copy of the invoice
- Proof that you have paid for your share of the costs to the installer (unless you are part of the low-income portion of the scheme)
- Proof that you meet the eligibility requirements of the scheme
When you redeem the voucher, the remaining costs of the project will be paid directly to the installer. This will complete the project and you can then enjoy your new green energy home improvement.
What the Grant Aims to Achieve
The Green Homes Grant scheme is a £2 billion package to help the UK bounce back from the covid-19 pandemic by saving money, cutting carbon, and creating jobs. A further £1 billion package for the public sector was announced by Mr Sunak.
In total, this £3 billion initiative by the government will make 650,000 homes in England more energy efficient, help save households money on bills, lower the UK’s carbon emission by more than half a mega tonne per year — equivalent to taking 270,000 cars off the road — and support an estimated 140,00 green jobs.
This is going to be a green recovery with concern for our environment at its heart, Sunak says.
Together with existing funding opportunities for green energy, a £5,000 voucher makes the switch to renewables more affordable than ever.
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