This summer, the government announced the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme for homeowners to help boost the economy and increase the uptake of domestic energy efficiency measures.
There are large grants available to undertake works, which presents an excellent window of opportunity to improve your property. There are many benefits for homeowners of undertaking energy efficiency measures, including lower energy bills and having a healthier living environment.
Not only will these measures play a vital role in helping lower carbon emissions, but homeowners will also be future proofing their properties so that they are in line with more stringent energy performance requirements which may be required in the years to come.
HomeWorks partner, TrustMark, will be carrying out the scheme, meaning homeowners can have peace of mind that all works are quality assured.
So how does it work?
Under the Green Homes Grant scheme, homeowners in England can apply for vouchers worth up to two-thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy efficiency of their home. The maximum voucher available will be £5,000, or for those on lower incomes, a 100% grant up to £10,000 will be available for certain work.
Homeowners can use the vouchers to install one or more of the following:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall, flat roof, room in roof and park home insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal
- biomass pellet boilers
In addition, homeowners can use their voucher for further energy-saving measures if at least one of the above has been installed. These include one or more of the following:
- draught proofing
- double or triple glazing (when replacing single glazing)
- secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- Energy efficiency replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2020)
- hot water tank insulation/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
The grant scheme is available until the end of March 2021. The vouchers will be issued from the end of September 2020.
To get started, householders can see if they are eligible by completing the form on Simple Energy Advice. You must be in England to qualify.