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Green Homes Grant Scheme
Everything you need to know
What is the Green Homes Grant scheme.
As part of the UK Government’s new Green Homes Grant Scheme, vouchers worth up to £10,000 will be given to homeowners and landlords to make their homes more energy efficient.
With the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, only announcing the scheme (8th July 2020), there are lots of questions to be asked – and luckily, we have some of the answers.
The available measures are split into “primary” and “secondary” categories.
Households will need to install at least one of the primary measures below to qualify for funding.
Insulation: Solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, flat roof, room in roof, park home.
Low carbon heat: Air source heat pump, ground source heat pump, solar thermal
“Top ups” are allowed (e.g. additional loft insulation up to the recommended level, solid wall insulation for other walls where a wall has been previously insulated), but replacements are not included.
So long as there is at least one primary measure in the package of works, households will also be able to install secondary measures. Secondary measures can only be subsidised up to the amount of subsidy provided for primary measures. (e.g. if a household receives £1,000 for primary measures, they can only receive a maximum of £1,000 towards secondary measures).
The secondary measures are:
• Draught proofing
• Windows and doors: Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing), upgrading to energy efficient doors (where replacing doors installed prior to 2002).
• Heating controls and insulation: appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves
For low-carbon heating to be installed, households will need to have adequate insulation (e.g. wall and loft, where applicable). These can be installed as part of a package – they do not have to already be in situ.
For the general scheme, the following properties are eligible:
• All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership)
• Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties
• Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes)
• Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites)
New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible.
For the low-income scheme, only owner-occupied properties and park homes are eligible. Households receiving income-based or disability benefits would be eligible for a fully funded package of measures.
Eligibility for low-income scheme
You qualify for the Green Home Grants low-income scheme if you receive at least one of the following benefits:
• Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
• Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
• Income Support (IS)
• Pension Guarantee Credit
• Working Tax Credit (WTC)
• Child Tax Credits (CTC)
• Universal Credit (UC)
• Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Attendance Allowance
• Carer’s Allowance
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
• Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
• Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
• Housing benefit
Frequently Asked Questions
Under the scheme, the UK Government will provide homeowners and landlords with vouchers worth up to a maximum of £10,000.
Most homeowners and landlords will receive vouchers up to £5,000, whilst those on low incomes will receive up to £10,000. But depending on which category you fall into, the scheme works slightly differently.
If you already have the above energy saving measures in your home, you might be wondering if you’re still eligible to use the grant.
For example, you may have double glazed windows in your home, but they may not be as energy efficient as they could be.
At the time of writing, the Government have not released the full details of the scheme. When full details are released, we expect the Government to provide a comprehensive list of which energy saving measures are included, and if the grant can cover upgrades to existing energy saving measures (e.g. upgrading energy efficient windows from rating B to A, for example).
Bookmark this page and keep checking back for regular updates, as we’ll be keeping abreast of all of the latest developments on the grant.
Exact details on the eligibility criteria has not yet been released by the Treasury, but we expect that most homeowners and landlords will be covered.
To get the voucher, you will be shown the energy efficiency measures that the voucher can be used for. All you then have to do is obtain a quote from an accredited supplier.
Once you have received your quote and the type of work is approved, the voucher will be issued.
For those who aren’t class as being on a low income, the vouchers will be worth up to a maximum of £5,000, and can only cover 2/3 of the total cost.
For those on a low income, the vouchers are worth up to £10,000 and can cover 100% of the cost.
Applications for the Green Homes Grant Scheme will open in September.
From September, it will be possible to apply for the grant online.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, we would recommend most homeowners make use of the grant.
Installing energy saving measures into your home can help to lower energy bills, saving you money each month, whilst also helping the environment.
The scheme is designed with the aim of lowering energy bills, while at the same time creating more jobs for the UK economy, touted as “green jobs”.
If you would like to prepare to make use of the scheme, our online quote tool will allow you to generate an estimation of cost for new windows and doors in your home. Start an online double glazing quote.
Are there other home improvement grants available?
At the Double Glazing Network, we keep abreast of all the latest developments in home improvements.
We have a comprehensive page that goes into detail about the grants available for home improvements, including windows and doors.
You can find out about other double glazing grants here.
The vouchers for the grant are worth up to £10,000. Most people will receive up to £5,000, whereas those classed as being on low-income can receive up to £10,000.
The grant is expected to launch in September 2020.
The grant will cover a range of energy saving measures, including roof insulation, wall insulation, and double glazing.