With the government pledging £2bn to help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes, we take a look at what the new Green Homes Grant covers, who can apply and how much you can claim.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
Introduced in September 2020, the Green Homes Grant is a Government-backed scheme that provides free financial support to homeowners seeking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Who can apply for the Green Homes Grant?
The scheme will be available for up to 600,000 homeowners in England, including owner-occupiers and landlords. To be eligible for the grant you will need to either own your own home (people on shared ownership schemes, park / mobile homeowners, and long-leaseholders are all eligible) or be a private or social landlord. New build properties that have not been previously occupied are not currently eligible for the scheme. The scheme is only available in England, however, specific Government energy saving advice is available for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
How much Green Homes Grant can I claim?
The grant is means tested with low-income households able to claim up to £10,000 to cover the full costs of any works being undertaken. Others will be able to claim up to £5,000 towards two thirds of the costs, with the remainder being topped up by the homeowner.
What does the Green Homes Grant cover?
The Green Homes Grant covers certain home improvements that will increase the energy efficiency of a property or lower its carbon footprint. This includes insulation and green heating solutions such as solar thermal or air source heat pumps.
Works covered by the Green Homes Grant fall into two categories: primary and secondary, with those in the first category deemed to deliver the most benefit. Any vouchers issued under the scheme must be put towards a primary improvement first. Any remaining balance left over can then be used for works that fall into the secondary tier.
You can see all measures covered by the scheme in the table below, or check them out on the Government website.
What works are covered under the primary category?
Primary Green Homes Grant works are defined as:
Solid wall, under floor, cavity wall, loft, flat roof, room in roof insulation and insulating a park (mobile) home.
An air source or ground source heat pump
What works are covered under the secondary category?
Secondary Green Homes Grant works are defined as:
Double or triple glazing (to be eligible for the Grant all double and triple glazing needs to be upgraded from single glazing)
Secondary glazing (which is used in addition to existing single glazing in your property)
Internal energy efficient doors
Hot water tank thermostats and insulation
External energy efficient doors
Where can you use the Green Homes Grant?
You can spend your Green Homes Grant vouchers at any MCS or TrustMark registered company.
Can I use my Green Homes Grant with Igloo?
Absolutely. We’re MCS approved and experts when it comes to helping homeowners to save energy (and money). What’s more, we have our own engineers and surveyors on our team, and a range of energy efficient heating solutions available under the Government’s Green Homes Grant, which you can view here.
Why choose an air source heat pump?
Using your voucher to install an air source heat pump could be a great choice for your home, offering you the opportunity to install an alternative heating solution that could help you reduce your carbon footprint and cut your heating bills.
Recent research from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) looks at the potential savings available across the different home improvements eligible for the grant, with air source heat pumps offering the greatest savings amount, as you can see below. We can provide you with a personalised savings estimate and let you know if an air source heat pump is suitable for your home. Register your details at the bottom of this page to book your free survey today.
How do I get the Green Homes Grant?
You can check your eligibility for the scheme on the official Government website. All updates using the grant must be in place by March 2021, so you’ll need to have completed any installations or works by then.
If you’re unsure which of the primary tier improvements would offer you the most benefit, give us a call on 0333 016 4500 or click below to book your free home survey, our energy experts will be happy to answer any questions you have.