You can now get a government grant up to £5,000 or £10,000 to help cover the cost of energy efficient improvements to your home. You can apply for a voucher from the end of September 2020.
The government will provide a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes in England. The voucher will cover up to two-thirds of the cost for homeowners and landlords, and up to 100% of the cost for low-income households.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.
The government will provide a voucher that covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. You may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy if you are a homeowner and either you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying means-tested benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of these voucher is £10,000. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme.
Local Authorities will also be making support available for low income households in their local area through the Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery. More information on participating Local Authorities will be made available on GOV.UK in due course.
What improvements can I get?
Vouchers must be used to install at least one primary home insulation or low carbon heating measure.
If you choose to install at least one of the primary measures, you can use your voucher to help cover the cost of secondary measures. The subsidy for the secondary measure is capped at the value of the subsidy provided for the primary measures. For example, if you receive £400 for a primary measure such as a cavity wall insulation, you will be able to receive a maximum of £400 for a secondary measure such as an energy efficient replacement door.
Primary Measures Include – Low carbon heat (where the home is suitably insulated):
Secondary Measures Include – Heating controls and insulation:
Hot water tank thermostats
Hot water tank insulation
Heating Controls (Smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves)
How do I apply?
You can apply for a voucher from the end of September 2020.
- To check if you’re eligible for a voucher – Go to the Government website to check eligibility : https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/green-homes-grant
- Choose which improvements you would like and see an estimate of how much they may cost
- Find accredited tradespeople to get quotes from to carry out the work
The Simple Energy Advice website will recommend which measures may be best suited to your home. More information on how to apply for a voucher will be made available on GOV.UK in due course.
Biomass pellet boilers are also in scope of the Green Home Grant.
What if I’m claiming other grants or funding?
Energy Company Obligation
You will not be able to claim a Green Homes Grant subsidy vouchers towards the cost of a measure which has also received funding under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). However, you can claim both ECO and Green Homes Grant subsidy providing they are each for different measures – for example loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.
Renewable Heat Incentive
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gives households money towards renewable heating costs in their home. Payments are made for 7 years and are based on the amount of renewable heat made by your heating system.
You can claim both the Domestic RHI and the Green Home Grant for the renewable heat installation. You must claim the Green Home Grant first and then notify Ofgem that you have used it when you apply for accreditation to the Domestic RHI. The Green Homes Grant will then be deducted from your Domestic RHI payments.
Households can claim the Green Homes Grant for energy efficiency measures both before and after accreditation to the Domestic RHI.