As part of the Governments eco funding, £2bn is being paid towards the Green Homes Grant Scheme. The Green Home grants are an important part of the government’s plan to support and create jobs to help the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus.
Grants for green measures
Under the scheme, homeowners in England can get vouchers to help cut the cost of making their homes more energy efficient. The Grant helps pay for energy efficient improvements to your home, as part of a bigger investment in green technology that aims to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050. Homeowner vouchers will be worth about two-thirds of the cost of the improvements you make, up to £5,000. But if you’re on a low income and receive certain benefits, you can receive a voucher covering all of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.
Who is eligible for a Green Homes Grant?
For the general scheme, the following properties are eligible:
- All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership);
- Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties;
- Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes);
- Park homeowners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites).
New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible.
What do Green Home Grants cover?
The green grants will cover about 20 green home improvements such as cavity wall insulation, insulation for floors and roofs and the installation of low-carbon heating, like heat pumps or solar thermal. The government has categorised these improvements as either Primary or secondary. To qualify for financial support, you’ll need to install at least one primary improvement.
- Insulation, including solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation. (Insulation for a park home is also included.)
- Low carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, or solar thermal systems, which provide renewable ways of heating your home.
If you’re installing at least one of the primary improvements above, you’ll also be able to use the vouchers to install “secondary” measures up to the same amount of funding you get for the primary measures.
Secondary measures include:
- Double or triple glazing, or secondary glazing, but only if you currently have single glazing – it won’t cover replacement double glazing;
- Energy efficient doors, where you’re replacing single-glazed or solid doors installed before 2002;
- Heating controls and insulation, including appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed-start thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves.
Who can carry out the improvements?
To provide their services as part of the scheme, the government is encouraging Insulation experts, builders, and other tradespeople across England to register for a TrustMark or MCS accreditation (Microgeneration Certification Scheme). The accreditation is designed to protect consumers by making sure the work meets high standards.
How does the Green Homes Grant help create jobs?
With these eco grants, the government hopes to create new work for thousands of builders, plumbers and other tradespeople. Many companies in the building industry were worried about the end of the furlough scheme and whether they would have to make workers redundant. But they will now be thinking about increasing their workforce so that they can respond to the Green Homes Grant scheme.
A green recovery in the UK
The “green home grants scheme”, which covers fitting insulation as well as heat pumps or solar thermal systems, is part of a bigger green recovery plan that will invest around £1bn, to make homes and public buildings like schools and hospitals more energy efficient. The government has said that together, the green home, energy saving grants, and the new investment to upgrade public buildings, will support around 140,000 green jobs. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak said “We promised to support jobs and protect the environment and the Green Homes Grant delivers on this. We’re giving homeowners, landlords and local authorities the funding they need to hire local tradespeople and make our homes more energy-efficient. By supporting the green van men and women, we’ll save money, save jobs and save the planet.”
How your Green Energy vouchers will help jobs
Eco funding provided by the Green Homes Grant Scheme can be used to cover the insulation experts labour fee, materials and VAT costs associated with the specified home improvements. So when you apply for funding under the scheme and make improvements to your home, your voucher will support tradespeople and the construction industry. You must install either insulation or low-carbon heating to qualify for the vouchers. A wide range of insulation is covered by the scheme, from cavity wall insulation and under floors, to external wall insulation for both solid wall and park homes. These are called ‘primary’ measures under the scheme. Our HomeSun expert team can help you to work out what’s best for your home and will even carry out a free survey.
How do I find someone who is Trust Mark Accredited?
Any work must be carried out by TrustMark or Micro Generation Certification Scheme registered tradespeople. Homesun can provide certified insulation specialists who will come to you and carry out the necessary works under the government’s scheme, improving your home. The Government eligibility checker will also allow you to search for registered installers in your area, so you could contact tradespeople yourself and get quotes for the work you want.
How to apply for a green homes grant
Don’t let worries about the red tape put you off – just one call to HomeSun and you’re sorted. We’ll let you know which voucher you are eligible for (£5,000 or £10,000) and we’ll then organise any necessary survey and quote. Ultimately, we’ll also organise the work and your guarantee certificates. The idea is to make this as easy as possible for you. Our customer care team will take care of it all for you, managing your project from application right through to completion of the work and guarantee certificate. It won’t cost you anything, as our costs are paid for through government energy grants.
To find out what they can do for you call Homesun now on 0207 887 2280.