The Green Homes Grant is here! But don’t get too excited just yet as, to access funding from the Government’s latest green energy scheme, you will need to meet certain criteria and are likely to be required to part with some of your own cash.
The scheme, which launched in September this year, entitles homeowners across England to claim vouchers worth up to £5000 to make energy-efficient improvements to their home. Ideal for those in need of double-glazing, insulation, heating amendments or even low carbon heating solutions. Unfortunately, the scheme has been described as “far from flawless” by Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, with as few as 1 in 6 being able to find installers.
With this said, if you have the time (and patience) to go through the application process, it could be worth a shot!
Here’s the small print:
The Government will provide a voucher that covers two-thirds of the cost of qualifying works to your home to the maximum value of £5000.
As an example, if you install cavity wall and floor insulation costing £4,000, you’d only pay about £1,320, with the Government contributing the remaining £2,680.
If you are on a low income and receive certain benefits, you are eligible to receive a voucher covering all of the cost of the improvements up to £10,000. A full list of qualifying benefits is available on the Simple Energy Advice website.
To qualify for support, you’ll need to install ‘primary’ improvements before anything else. These are:
- Low-carbon heating
Only after these improvements are made can you claim ‘secondary’ improvements. Including:
- Double/triple or secondary glazing
- Energy-efficient doors
- Heating controls and insulation
To get involved, you need to be quick! The government has said that the work must be completed by March 2021 and only £2 billion of funding is available. This may sound a lot, but there are over 23 million properties in England and the scheme is only aiming to improve 600,000 of them.
Before you apply:
- You need to find out what type of work your home is eligible for. Check the Simple Energy Advice eligibility tracker here.
- The Government suggests getting at least three quotes from different tradespeople (it’ll only ask for one when you apply though). Any work MUST be carried out by TrustMarkor Microgeneration Certification Scheme-registered tradespeople.
- There are a few more restrictions to consider before applying. All of which have been summarised in this clip aired on The Martin Lewis Money Show – https://youtu.be/lpqRQF0NmrY.
- When you apply, you’ll need to have the following info to hand:
- The name and date of birth of the property owner(s).
- The name and date of birth of anyone living in the property who receives benefits.
- A quote for the work from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson.
- The tradesperson’s TrustMark licence number.
Wait for approval before signing off the work in case the application is unsuccessful and you’re left to pick up the whole tab and paying a bigger bill than you were expecting. When the work is completed, you’ll need a dated copy of the invoice provided by the installer to redeem your voucher. The money will then be paid directly to the installer.
If you believe you are eligible for a grant, you can apply here. Good luck!