The Green Homes Grant Scheme was launched in October 2020. Every homeowner in England could claim a free vouchers worth £5,000 or £10,000 to spend on ‘green’ energy saving measure such as insulation and air source heat pumps. The £10,000 voucher was awarded to homeowners on low incomes and in receipt of certain benefits payments, and could be used to cover the total cost of works. The £5,000 voucher for other homeowners could be used to cover two third of the cost of works up to a maximum of £5,000.
The Scheme was due to end March 2022. However, in March 2021, the Government closed the scheme with 4 days notice.
The moral of the story is: if you see a Grant or incentive scheme that you are even vaguely interested in, snap it up sooner rather than later! it may disappear.
Could people on benefits have claimed a Green Home Grant?
Yes, if the homeowner was on a low income and received certain benefits, the Green Homes Grant for £10,000 was available. Eligible benefits were:
- 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
What did the government’s home energy grants cover?
The main areas (called ‘Primary Measures’ under the scheme) included:
- 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, Green Homes Grant could also be used to fund secondary measures. Secondary measures included:
- Draught proofing
- Heating controls
- Double or triple glazing (conditions may apply)
- Hot water tank thermostats and insulation
- External energy-efficient doors (conditions may apply)