Updated: Jul 27, 2020
The Government has announced a new scheme for homeowners in England called the Green Homes Grant Scheme. Set to start in September, the scheme will see eligible homeowners issued with vouchers to pay for energy-saving improvements to their homes.
How much funding is available?
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be unveiling a £3billion plan to cut emissions, with £2billion ringfenced for the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
Under the scheme the Government will pay at least two-thirds of the cost of energy saving home improvements up to £5,000. For the lowest earners, the Government will pay the full amount up to £10,000.
Since the withdrawal of LESA (Landlords Energy Saving Allowance), we’ve been calling for a simple grant scheme to help private homeowners and landlords make their properties more energy efficient.
Today’s announcement is a big step forward to ensure that they can take the necessary steps to do this and ultimately create a greener property sector in the UK.
What home improvements will be eligible?
Homeowners will be able to use the vouchers to pay for improvements that will make their property more energy efficient. This could be installing floor, wall and loft installation, low energy lighting, energy efficient doors and double glazing.
How will the vouchers work?
The Government has said that homeowners will be able to apply for the grants on the Simple Energy Advice website from September.
Applicants will be asked some basic questions about their home followed by recommendations on eligible improvements, including information on local suppliers.
Once a supplier has provided a quote and the work has been approved, the Government will issue a voucher.
Are you eligible?
The scheme is open to anyone who would benefit from eligible energy efficiency measures. The Government are yet to release the criteria to receive the extra funding for those on lower incomes.