On 8th July 2020 the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Home Grants Scheme to upgrade homes across England and make them more energy efficient. £1.5 billion of the total funding is to be made available through vouchers that can be put towards the cost of any improvements or upgrades. The scheme was launched with two goals in mind, with the first linked to addressing climate change and the UK Government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. The scheme is also part of a package of measures designed to kick-start the economy following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with local registered installers to benefit from the resulting demand for installations.
Under the scheme home owners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to their homes. The voucher will cover up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to residents’ homes; up to a maximum voucher value of £5,000 (only one voucher is available per property). If people are on a low income and receive certain benefits they can receive a voucher covering all of the cost of improvements, up to a maximum voucher value of £10,000. Only certified installers are eligible to carry-out work on properties but local tradespeople are being encouraged to sign up to the accreditation scheme operated by TrustMark.
To be eligible to apply for the voucher, you must either:-
Own your own home (including park home owners, and long-lease holders and shared ownership).
Be a private or social landlord.
The scheme is not open to non-domestic properties or new-builds, and landlords cannot apply for the low-income portion of the scheme.
The Green Home Scheme will be time-limited to help stimulate the economic recovery, and support the creation nationally of tens of thousands of green jobs immediately. The scheme goes live on 30th September 2020, although people can check their eligibility and see what energy efficiency measures would suit their homes ahead of this date by using the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) toolkit, or visiting the government website for more information. Vouchers must be redeemed and improvements completed by 31st March 2021.
Torridge District Councillor Peter Hames, Lead Member for Climate Change, said: “Obviously the Green Home Grant scheme is very welcome in terms of the impact energy efficiency improvements can have on reducing carbon emissions and help us as a Country achieve our net-zero ambitions. But it will also help householders to save money in the long term and has the potential to be an important stimulus for our local economy which has obviously been affected by the recent Covid-19 crisis. In that respect I would also encourage local tradespeople to get registered now as an approved installer so that they can take advantage of the opportunities this scheme will hopefully generate.”
People should visit the Simple Energy Advice website to check eligibility, decide what measures to install and then contact an accredited tradesperson to get a quote: https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/green-homes-grant Alternatively local tradespeople should register with TrustMark and can find out more by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/green-homes-grant-scheme-register-as-a-certified-tradesperson-or-business