Every homeowner in England can now get free vouchers worth £1000s to help cut the cost of making their homes more energy-efficient, under a new Government scheme known as the Green Homes Grant. The Grant helps pay for energy efficient improvements to your home, as part of a bigger investment in green technology which aims to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050. There are £5,000 and £10,000 vouchers available, either with different eligibility requirements.
To be in with a chance of successfully applying for this scheme: you’ll need to meet the following conditions:
- The property you want to make improvements to is in England.
- You are a homeowner or a private/social landlord.
- You must be able to redeem the voucher and get the Improvements done by 31st March 2022.
The amount you can apply for will vary depending on your personal circumstances. Most vouchers will be worth about two-thirds of the cost of the improvements you make, up to £5,000. But you may be able to get more if you’re on a low income.
Can people on benefits claim a Green Home Grant?
If you are on a low income and receive certain benefits, your Green Homes Grant can cover 100% of the cost of work up to a maximum of £10,000. If you receive one of the following benefits you may be eligible for the full Grant:
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-based or contribution-based)
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based or contribution-based)
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
Is my property eligible for a Green Homes Grant?
All owner-occupied homes across England are eligible, including long-leaseholders and shared ownership, listed buildings, and park homes on residential sites. The exception is new-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties. Landlords and local authorities can also apply for improvements to private and social rented domestic properties.
What do the governments home energy grants cover?
The major focus of the grants is insulation and low-carbon heating. These are called ‘primary’ measures under the scheme and include:
- Insulation: Solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, park home, or roof insulation
- Ground or air source heat pump
- Solar thermal panels
If one or more primary measures are installed as part of your home improvement, you may also be able to use the Green Homes Grant scheme to fund secondary measures. Secondary measures can include:
- Draught proofing
- Heating controls
- Double or triple glazing (conditions may apply)
- Hot water tank thermostats and insulation
- External energy-efficient doors (conditions may apply)
However, the amount the Green Homes Grant scheme funds for secondary measures cannot be more than the amount it funds for primary measures.
As an example, if you got a Green Home Grant of £300 for your cavity wall insulation costs, and you’d like to get double glazing which was costing £2,000, you’d qualify for another £300 subsidy towards your secondary measure of double glazing. You can’t use the voucher to help pay for works that were carried out prior to the voucher being issued, or to replace insulation or low carbon heating measures that are already installed in your home.
However, you can use the voucher to ‘top-up’ existing measures, such as for installing additional loft insulation up to the recommended level. HomeSun is working with residents and landlords to make the most of this government grant, helping them with insulation improvements.
Making green improvements through insulation will save energy and can help cut your energy bills by up to a third. The 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 apply for a green homes grant from the Government?
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 manage 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 the government energy grants.
To find out what they can do for you call HomeSun now on 020 7887 2280 or register through the website form.