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Green Homes Grant: Important Things to Consider

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Green Homes Grant: Important Things to Consider

Last edited: 18/02/21

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In July, it was announced by the Chancellor that eligible homeowners will be able to claim vouchers starting from £5,000 for home improvements that save energy. Those with low-income may get up to £10,000. However, take note that you’ll not be paid £5,000 to spend on home improvements of your choice.

How will the vouchers work?

Due to certain restrictions, the scheme’s energy efficiency measures are being divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Homeowners need to carry out one of the primary measures to qualify for funding to cover secondary measures. The amount of money provided by the government for secondary measures is capped at the amount the homeowner claimed for primary improvements. So, if £2,000 are given to you for primary upgrades, your Green Homes Grant in the UK for any secondary measures will be capped at £1,000.

How much can I get?

The government offers a voucher that covers two-thirds of the cost of qualifying works to your home, with £5,000 being the maximum value of the voucher. However, if you receive certain benefits and are on low-income, you can receive a voucher that covers all of the costs of the improvements up to £10,000. After you apply for and are approved the grant, the installer will receive payment from the government for the costs that the voucher cover.

When can I get works done under the scheme?

The government began accepting applications for the voucher from 30th September 2020. Keep in mind that you’ll need to redeem the voucher and ensure that the improvements are finished by 31st March 2021.

How much can I get?

The government offers a voucher that covers two-thirds of the cost of qualifying works to your home, with £5,000 being the maximum value of the voucher. However, if you receive certain benefits and are on low-income, you can receive a voucher that covers all of the costs of the improvements up to £10,000. After you apply for and are approved the grant, the installer will receive payment from the government for the costs that the voucher cover.

 

When can I get works done under the scheme?

The government began accepting applications for the voucher from 30th September 2020. Keep in mind that you’ll need to redeem the voucher and ensure that the improvements are finished by 31st March 2021.

What home improvements should I make?

The first place is find out whether your home requires any primary measures. While most households won’t even be aware of home improvements like biomass pellet boilers and air source heat pumps, these projects must first be extensively researched. Solid wall and cavity insulation can make a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. We expect these will be good projects to undertake, alongside loft and other insulations, to prevent your home from leaking heat.

After identifying at least one primary measure, you can use your voucher to contribute to the cost of a secondary measure. If you don’t already have double glazing, getting secondary glazing or replacing single glazing will make the most difference. Please remember that this scheme doesn’t allow you to upgrade existing double glazing. Also, you can’t use this voucher to update the current insulation within your home.

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