New Green Homes Grant
Up to £10,000 Energy Saving Vouchers for Homeowners
Homeowners and Landlords Will Receive Government Grants for Home Renovations
On Wednesday, the 8th of July 2020, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, in which homeowners in England can receive vouchers of up to £10,000 to carry out renovations to make their homes more energy-efficient.
"From September, homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient and create local jobs. The grants will cover at least two-thirds of the costs, up to £5,000 per household", Sunak announced during the briefing.
Households with the lowest income in England can receive a voucher of up to £10,000, covering the full cost of renovations.
What Is Covered by the Green Homes Grant?
The complete list has now been released by the government, and covers a variety of energy-saving improvements. There are two categories of renovations: primary and secondary measures.
The government urges suppliers of the below-mentioned improvements to sign up for TrustMark or MCS accreditation in order to take part in this scheme.
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
- Solar thermal
- Biomass boilers
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 draft-proof doors (when replacing doors that have been installed prior to 2002)
- Upgrading to draft-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.
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.
If you received a grant under the Local Authority Delivery scheme, you are not eligible.
If you already received a grant for the same measure under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant, you are not eligible. If, however, you want to install a new measure under the Green Homes Grant, then you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher.
For example, if you already installed draft-proof windows, you may apply for a voucher for draft-proof doors.
You can receive both the Green Homes Grant and the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
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