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Government boosts energy efficiency spending to £1.3 billion with extra funding for green homes

£300 million extra funding for green home upgrades to help lower income households cut emissions and save money on bills

Press release 27th March 2021

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Closed to new applications

Following a review, the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March 2021 at 5pm.

Applications made before the end of March deadline will be honoured and any vouchers already issued may be extended upon request.

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The Green Homes Grant was introduced in July 2020 by chancellor Rishi Sunak to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient. It launched in September 2020.

It was initially set to run until March 2021 but was extended until March 2022. On the 27th March 2021, the decision was made to close the scheme to new applications on 31st March 2021 at 5 pm. Applications made before the end of March deadline will be honoured and any vouchers already issued may be extended upon request.

Vouchers worth up to £5,000 will be issued to homeowners in England to make their homes more energy-efficient under a new Government scheme.

GrantScheme.UK send the latest information to all who registered an interest.

As part of the Green Homes Grant, eligible homeowners can apply for the vouchers to help pay for environmentally friendly improvements such as installing double-glazing, loft, floor and wall insulation.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined the plans in his statement in July as part of a wider £3bn plan to cut emissions. The Government has put aside £2 billion for green home upgrades.

There are 29 million homes in the UK; almost all could benefit from additional insulation or improved energy efficiency somehow.

GrantScheme.UK will allow you to get the latest information, the right quotes and the right approved supplier to get whatever energy efficiency improvement you require. We assist in sourcing the approved supplier, arrange the quote and assist in the application. Our service costs you nothing. Don’t miss out on the best offers to make a real financial saving in home energy-efficiency improvements and energy costs for the future. The Treasury claims that utilising these vouchers could save families up to £300 a year on energy bills.
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What does the vouchers cover?

The vouchers can pay for "green improvements"

Households will need to install at least one of the primary measures below to qualify for funding.

Primary measures:

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.

Secondary measures:

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.

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).

How much will the vouchers be worth? 

For most homeowners, the vouchers will be worth about two-thirds of the cost of the energy efficient improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 per household. For example, a homeowner installing cavity wall and floor insulation costing £4,000 would only pay about £1,320, with the Government contributing the remaining £2,680 through the voucher scheme.

But for those on low incomes will be able to get more. The Government will cover the full cost of the energy efficient improvements, and the vouchers could be worth up to £10,000 per household. So you won't have to pay anything.

Green improvements such as insulation will also help cut your energy bills, with the Government saying families could be able to save hundreds of pounds a year as a result.

Who is able to get these vouchers?

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

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