The Green Homes Grant scheme, in which the government will pay up to two thirds of energy efficiency home improvements up to the value of £10,000, has now launched. Homeowners and landlords in England will be granted vouchers for home improvements measures, such as the installation of insulation and heat pumps.The scheme will run until March 2021.
What the voucher can be used for
The home improvement measures that are available under this scheme are split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures. The voucher must be used to install at least one primary measure before the voucher can be used to help cover the cost of a secondary measure.
How does the Green Homes Grant work?
For most homeowners and landlords, the vouchers will cover around two-thirds of the cost of the measures, up to a value of £5,000 per household. For low income households it will cover the full cost of the measures, up to £10,000 per household.
For low income households the government will cover the full cost of the measures, up to £10,000 per household.
To obtain a voucher, homeowners and landlords in England will be able to seek advice from the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service about what energy efficiency improvements can be made to the property and then find local accredited installers to obtain quotes from.
They will then use the SEA website to find local accredited tradespeople that are able to complete the work and obtain quotes from them. The quotes will need to be submitted as part of the application for the vouchers.
How long does the scheme run?
Homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for the scheme in late September 2020. The government has not yet given an official start date but has confirmed that the scheme will run until the end of March 2021.
Who is eligible?
Under the new Green Homes Grant scheme hundreds of thousands of households including: homeowners, landlords and park homeowners will be eligible to claim vouchers worth up to £5,000 and £10,000 for those on low incomes.The low income scheme is only available for homeowners and park homeowners who receive at least one income-based or disability benefit.
To be eligible for the vouchers, you must either: own your home (including park home owners, long-leaseholders and shared ownership) or be a landlord (private or social).
Only homes in England are eligible for the scheme. New-build domestic and non-domestic properties are exempt.
Accreditation rules for tradespeople
There are strict accreditation rules for which tradespeople are able to carry out any energy efficient works under the scheme. Only tradespeople which are registered to TrustMark or are Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited can take part in the scheme. Households will be able to find accredited tradespeople using the Simple Energy Advice website, but only work completed by approved and accredited installers will be commissioned.