GREEN HOMES GRANT FAQ'S
What is the Green Homes Grant?
Home improvements don’t come cheap but thanks to the government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme, homeowners and landlords in England can receive funding for green home improvements such as installing insulation solutions on walls, floors and roofs or installing solar thermal panels.
As part of the recovery from COVID-19, the government is keen for homeowners to help tackle climate change by carrying out work that will reduce their energy bills and cut carbon emissions. More than 600,000 new homes are set to become more energy efficient and the government says the grants could help to support more than 100,000 jobs.
The Green Homes Grant scheme opens at the end of September 2020 and will allow homeowners in England up to £5,000 of vouchers (£10,000 for the lower income households).
The grants will cover green home improvements including internal wall insulation, external wall insulation and floor or room in the roof insulation. It will also cover the installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating. According to the government, these measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.
What renovation work will the Green Homes Grant support?
The Green Homes Grant scheme has been split into primary and secondary measures. You can spend vouchers on these primary measures:
The secondary measures are made up of the following:
- Double or triple glazing, or secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- Replacing and upgrading energy efficient doors
- Hot water tank thermostats
- Hot water tank insulation
- Heating Controls (Smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves)
If you already have primary measures in place, you can apply for the grant to help improve them. You must apply for at least one primary measure as part of the Green Home Grant to be eligible for funding for the secondary measures.
Example: A homeowner wants to install cavity wall insulation and receives a voucher worth £400 towards the work. They can receive a maximum of £400 more for secondary measures, such as replacing single glazed windows with double glazed windows.
Do I qualify for the Green Homes Grant scheme?
Grants are available for:
- Homeowners (including park home owners, long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
- Landlords of social and private sector domestic properties.
- Your property must be in England to be eligible for the scheme
New-build properties that have not previously been occupied are not eligible for the scheme.