Green Homes Grant details revealed: could you get £5000 home improvement vouchers?
Homeowners in England will be able to get up to £5,000 worth of vouchers to make energy-saving improvements to their properties from September. Updated 4 August 2020: The government has this week published more information about the upcoming scheme. Energy-efficient home improvements are split into two groups – you have to apply for certain measures in order to get vouchers for others. More than 600,000 people could benefit from the government’s new proposals, which will pay at least two thirds of the cost of some energy-saving home improvements. Business and energy secretary Alok Sharma said the scheme will mean ‘hundreds of pounds off energy bills every year’. Homeowners and landlords will be able to receive the vouchers in late September. The scheme is part of a £3bn investment in green technology to cut carbon emissions.
Will be eligible for the energy-saving vouchers?
The vouchers will be for homeowners in England and will cover energy-saving measures including double glazing, energy-efficient doors, heat pumps, solar water heating and insulation. Homeowners, including owner-occupiers and social and private landlords, can apply for the vouchers. The vouchers will pay for at least two thirds of eligible measures up to the value of £5,000. Those on the lowest incomes wouldn’t have to pay anything and could get vouchers of up to £10,000. To qualify, you’ll need to be in receipt of certain benefits.
Which energy saving measures do the vouchers include?
You must install one energy-efficient improvement from the following list to qualify for the vouchers: Insulation: solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under-floor insulation, loft insulation, flat roof insulation, room in roof insulation, park home insulation Air source heat pump Ground source heat pump Solar thermal You can get top-up insulation (for example if you don’t already have the recommended amount). But the vouchers aren’t valid for replacing existing insulation or low-carbon heating. You’ll need to have sufficient wall insulation to qualify for low carbon heating. If you install one of these, you can then get vouchers for a secondary energy-saving measure: Double glazing, triple glazing or secondary glazing (only when it is replacing single glazing) Energy efficient doors (only if replacing doors installed before 2002) Hot water tank thermostat or appliance thermostat Hot water tank insulation Smart heating controls, zone controls, thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) Draught proofing
How much could I get in energy-saving vouchers
The vouchers will pay for at least two thirds of certain energy-saving measures. For example, if you wanted to fit insulation worth £4,000 in your home, you would pay £1,320 and the government would give you a voucher for the remaining £2,680. But the amount of vouchers you can get for energy-efficient improvements listed in the second group (see above) depends on the amount provided for the first measure. For example, if you get £1,000 worth of vouchers for insulation, then you would be able to get up to £1,000 towards a secondary measure, such as upgrading to double glazing or draught proofing.