Green Home Grant Information for Householders
This is a new scheme which is time limited from September 2020 till March 2022. The following is a breakdown on the new scheme and how this may help you to make your home more energy efficient, warmer and low carbon;
– New voucher scheme launched by the Government in September 2020
– In order to obtain a voucher, homeowners will have to make an online application detailing the energy efficiency measures they wish to carry out.
– The measures will be split into two categories: primary and secondary. Homeowners must install at least one measure from the primary category in order to qualify for the vouchers.
– Further information from Government can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/906544/ghg-additional-information.pdf
– Website to register for a voucher will open in September is found here www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
– Under the scheme, the government will pay at least two-thirds of the cost of home improvements that save energy, up to £5,000.
– Lower income households can receive up to £10,000.
– Once you have applied, your details will then be forwarded to accredited local suppliers.
– Once one of the suppliers has issued a quote, and the requested work has been approved, the government will then issue the voucher.
– Fossil fuel boilers are not included such as gas boilers
– Householders are unable to blend or include other government schemes such as ECO
What are the energy saving measures I can use the voucher for?
The primary category:
- insulation (such as loft, cavity wall or under-floor insulation)
- low carbon heating (such as air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps or solar thermal).
The secondary category:
Vouchers for secondary measures will be capped at the same amount provided in relation to the primary measures For example, if you claim £1,500 for insulation, then you will receive a maximum of £1,500 for double glazing
Providing that you apply for at least one measure from the primary category, you will also be able to claim for a grant for secondary measures. These include:
- double/triple glazing (only where replacing single glazing)
- energy efficient doors (only where replacing doors installed prior to 2002)
- draught proofing
- heating controls and insulation, such as thermostats and smart heating controls.
How much are the vouchers worth?
This is split into two parts.
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.
Low-income element of the scheme, households will be eligible to receive up to £10,000 towards these improvements. And these homeowners will not have to contribute anything to the cost.
You can qualify for the Green Home Grants low-income element of the scheme if you receive at least one of the following:
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Housing benefit
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
Who can apply for the vouchers?
Only homeowners and landlords will be eligible.
How can I claim Green Homes Grant vouchers?
From September, it will be possible to apply for the grant online, but you will not be able to sign up before then, using the Government ‘Simply Energy Advice’ website www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
Who can install these energy saving measures?
Tradespeople must be from a TrustMark Registered Business. The Government ‘Simply Energy Advice’ website www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk will suggest appropriate home improvements that you may be able to apply for. They will then direct you to a list of approved TrustMark www.trustmark.org.uk and or Microgeneration Certification Scheme www.mcscertified.com (MCS) registered tradespeople in your local area to carry out the work.