Attention ALL Homeowners – are you aware the newly released Government Green Homes Grant helps pay for energy efficiency improvements to your home ! The Green Homes Grant gives homeowners in England vouchers to help cover the cost of energy efficient improvements to their home – such as low-carbon heating systems, insulation or double glazing to replace single glazing.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
The Green Homes Grant sees the government cover at least two-thirds of the cost of certain green upgrades, up to a maximum £5,000.
For example, a homeowner would pay £1,320 of a £4,000 bill for cavity wall and floor insulation, while the government would pick up the remaining £2,680.
Households on low incomes can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000
Any homeowner or social or private landlord in England can apply for the voucher, as long as you’ve not previously received a grant through the Local Authority Delivery Scheme or if you’ve got a new-build property.
You need to apply now as the Government has said you need to have completed the work by 31 March 2021, so there’s only a six-month window to sort this.
How do I apply for the Green Homes Grant?
The scheme has now launched, applications were opened from Wednesday 30th September 2020.
The government is asking homeowners to use the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website to see what energy-saving improvements can be made to your home.
The SEA website will bring up accredited tradespeople in your area that can undertake the work – it’s recommended that you get at least three quotes to make sure you’re getting the best price.
Once you’ve found a price, apply for the voucher – but don’t agree to any work until you’ve had your voucher confirmed.
You must make sure the work is scheduled to be completed, and the voucher redeemed subject to its terms and conditions, by 31 March 2021.
Check the government application page for further instructions on how to apply.
How to check you’re eligible and apply
You won’t need to have someone come to your home to do an assessment to apply, but there are key steps to follow before you get any funding…
Step 1: Check what grants are available to you. Before applying for funding, you can check which measures (if any) you’re eligible for – you can use the Simple Energy Advice eligibility checker.
However, the tool only gives an idea of what you could be eligible for, rather than a guarantee you’ll get funding, so don’t agree to any work until after you have applied and have been issued with a voucher.
Step 2: Find local approved tradespeople and get at least three quotes for each piece of work. The Simple Energy Advice eligibility checker also shows you local registered tradespeople that are installing the measures you’re eligible for in your area.
The Government suggests getting at least three quotes from different tradespeople. Any work MUST be carried out by TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme-registered tradespeople.
Step 3: Apply for the vouchers and wait for approval before going ahead. You can now apply for a voucher on the Government website. When you apply, you’ll need to have the following info to hand:
– The name and date of birth of the property owner(s).
– The name and date of birth of anyone living in the property who receives benefits.
– A quote for the work from a TrustMark-registered tradesperson.
– The tradeperson’s TrustMark licence number.
If your application is successful, you’ll be issued with a voucher. Make sure the work only starts once your voucher has been issued – any work done before it’s issued can’t be claimed for. If you’ve successfully applied for more than one improvement, you’ll get a separate voucher for each.
Once the work is complete, you’ll need a dated copy of the invoice provided by the installer to redeem the voucher. The grant will then be paid directly to the installer on your behalf.
Apply for a Green Homes Grant