30 September 2020 12:45
If you need help to get your home ready for winter this year, you may be able to apply for a voucher that will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of energy saving home improvements. The vouchers will be available to homeowners and landlords in England as part of the UK Government's £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme. You can apply for vouchers on the Simple Energy Advice website from 30 September, or find out more about eligibility and what's covered on our dedicated Green Homes Grant page. If you're a homeowner or landlord in England, you can apply for vouchers worth up to two-thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of your home, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills. Most of the heating lost from an uninsulated home escapes through the walls, roof and floor – you could apply for a voucher to help cover the cost of insulating one or more of these areas in your house.
For example, about one third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls, so installing solid wall or cavity wall insulation could make a big difference, and save you money on your energy bills during the winter months. Watch our video to find out more about how insulation works and how it can help keep you warm, save money on your fuel bills, and cut your household carbon emissions: If your house is already well-insulated, you can apply for a voucher to install a low carbon heat source. If you decide to install at least one of the primary measures covered by the scheme, you can also apply for a voucher to help cover the cost of one or more secondary measures. For example, if you receive a voucher worth £500 for solid wall insulation, you can receive a maximum of £500 for a secondary measure, such as double-glazed windows. The secondary measures include draught-proofing, double glazing, energy efficient doors, as well as hot water and heating thermostats and controls.
Of those considered to have poor energy efficiency measures in their home – those with two or fewer of the measures available currently – 66% were very or fairly interested in the grant. Commenting on the polling results, Jess Ralston, analyst at the ECIU said: "With England's housing stock in such a bad way – over half (52%) are below the government's EPC band C target – there's lots of work to be done, so it's not surprising the Green Homes Grant looks to be popular amongst the public. "This can only be good news for consumers and traders alike as bills will be reduced and jobs created all over the country, whilst also benefitting the environment by reducing carbon emissions: installing energy efficiency and low carbon heating really is a win-win scenario, and hopefully something that will continue." Previous research showed that accelerating the rollout of energy efficiency and low carbon heating technologies as the Green Homes Grant scheme aims to do could help to provide thousands of jobs around the country. Derek Horrocks, chair of the National Insulation Association (NIA), said that businesses all over England will benefit from the scheme "particularly in the context of economic uncertainty when people are less likely or perhaps more reluctant to have work done on their homes". "Further commitment to a grant system like this will provide businesses with the financial confidence to further invest in upskilling new and existing employees and will get them ready to meet the evidently high demand for energy efficiency measures from households in every region.
Homeowners in England can apply for £5,000 of government money to make their property more energy efficient from today as the Green Homes Grant officially launches. The grants, worth £2 billion in total, will be available for home improvements including installing insulation, low-carbon heating, double glazing and replacing old boilers. Homeowners will receive a voucher from the Government that covers two thirds of the cost of allowable improvements, up to a maximum voucher value of £5,000. Low-income households receiving specified benefits can get a voucher for up to £10,000 to cover the entire cost of the improvements. The grant must be used to install one of two "primary measures", either insulation or low-carbon heating, carried out after the voucher is issued. Provided either insulation or low-carbon heating has been installed, the voucher can also be used to cover a range of "secondary measures". These include draught proofing, replacing single glazing with double or triple glazing, external energy-efficient doors, heating controls and hot water tank thermostats and insulation. The Treasury claims better insulation could save households as much as £600 a year on energy bills — and says the scheme could support more than 100,000 jobs. MORE than half of homeowners are interested in the new Green Homes Grant, according to a new poll, sparking fears they're may not be enough vouchers to go round. The government is expected to give out 600,000 vouchers through the scheme - but new YouGov research shows as many as 9.8million property owners with poor energy efficiency want to take advantage. The Green Homes Grant sees families given a voucher worth £5,000 - or £10,000 for low-income households - to spend on energy-saving improvements in their home. The government says the initiative could save households more than £200 annually on energy bills, as well as reducing their carbon footprint by cutting 700kg of CO2 a year. What work is covered through the Green Homes Grant? THE work that can be covered through the Green Homes Grant is split into "primary To qualify for the scheme, you must be installing at least one of the following "primary" insulation or low carbon measures. Insulating a park home Low carbon heat: Air or ground source heat pump Hot water tank thermostats and insulation The voucher does not cover the cost of: A new extension or conversion 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. 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It is aimed at helping families make savings on their energy bills, with support on offer to install energy-saving measures like underfloor insulation, solar panels, biogas boilers and draught-proofing. He added: "Green Homes Grants are a key part of our plans to build back greener, helping make 600,000 homes more energy efficient with government vouchers while supporting 100,000 skilled jobs and supporting our transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. "From today people will have the chance to see how this scheme could help save money on their energy bills and connect to trusted local tradespeople across the country, so they are ready for the scheme's launch in September." Homeowners, including long-leaseholders and people from shared ownership properties, are eligible to apply for the grant, as well as private and social landlords. However, landlords are not eligible for the low-income grants and new-build homes with no previous owners are also ineligible for any support. Applicants must apply for either insulation or low-carbon measure to be eligible for further support on a secondary measure. The voucher does not cover a new extension or conversion, insulating a conservatory which has no fixed heating, or installing a new fossil fuel boiler such as gas, oil or LPG.