What You Need to Know about Green Homes Grant in the UK

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What You Need to Know about Green Homes Grant in the UK

Last edited: 18/02/21

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As part of its attempt to fuel the economy following the COVID-19 lockdown and to achieve its environmental targets, the government of the UK introduced a new grant for home improvements: The Green Homes Grant. With this grant, landlords and homeowners alike can receive up to £10,000 in vouchers for some home improvement projects that aim to improve the energy efficiency of their property.

However, certain rules are surrounding the grant. For instance, an accredited supplier must carry out the work. At REST, we are keen to become an accredited supplier within the UK, but like others in the industry, we are awaiting more information.

However, in the meantime, we have received a plethora of questions regarding how the Green Homes Grant in the UK works and whether it is worth it to put current projects on hold. Let us have a look.

What is the Green Homes Grant?

It is a new scheme from the government of the UK that enables property owners and homeowners to attain enhancements in the energy efficiency of their properties.

How much can I get?

Most landlords and homeowners can claim two-thirds of the cost of their home improvement project, up to £5,000 maximum. For low-income households, the worth of the vouchers increases to £10,000, covering 100% of the cost so that no contribution is necessary.

How do I know if I am eligible for the Green Homes Grant?

After the launch of the scheme in September 2020, landlords and homeowners will be able to find out which home improvements may go well with their property and enhance its energy efficiency. The level of grant funding you can receive depends on your circumstances. Low-income individuals can receive up to £10,000. However, for individuals not on a low income, up to £5,000 worth of vouchers offered. In addition, while you might pass the eligibility criteria for the scheme itself, the eligibility criteria for different energy efficiency measures differs.

Should current home improve improvement projects put on hold?

With the promise of vouchers that can contribute towards the cost of enhancing your property, it may be tempting to cancel or put a project on hold. For the majority of the part, it is not likely to be worthwhile to place the current cancel or put current projects on hold.

For instance, if you are looking to replace your doors or windows, upgrading current double-glazing might remain uncovered by the grant. The only time this scheme would be beneficial is if your home had single glazing.

Nevertheless, if this scheme will enable you the chance to install extra energy efficiency measures in your home that you would not otherwise have done so, we highly advise you to take advantage of the grant is required to assist in lowering your energy bills and improving the energy efficiency.

If you are looking to upgrade your home under the Green Home Grant in the UK, Get in Touch with our Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Team.

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