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PLEASE NOTE: The government Green Homes Grant voucher scheme CLOSED on 31 March 2021
Homeowners in England can access vouchers worth up to £5000 to help fund energy-efficient home improvements under a new Government scheme which launched at the end of September.
Below, we’ve summarised the key things you need to know.
The Green Homes Grant
Under the scheme, homeowners and landlords in England can apply for vouchers worth up to two-thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy-efficiency of their current home – such as double glazing to replace single glazing and low-carbon heating systems.
The maximum contribution you can claim is £5,000, however, households on low incomes will have access to claim £10,000.
Find out whether your home is eligible for funding via the Government’s website.
The grant is suitable for most – but not all
- You may be eligible if you live in England and:
- You own your property. This includes long leasehold and Shared Ownership, however, always get permission from your housing association before making any changes
- You own your own park home on a residential site
- You’re a residential landlord
If you rent, you won’t be able to access the scheme. However, landlords of private rented and social domestic housing can use the scheme if they wish.
New builds which have not been previously occupied and non-domestic properties do not qualify for the scheme.
It’s simple to apply for the grant
- Check your eligibility
- Check what energy-efficient improvements can be made to your home. Any work must be carried out by TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme registered tradespeople
- Find certified installers in your area
Once the three steps above have been completed, you can go ahead and apply for a voucher.
Only specific home improvements are eligible
To qualify for the grant, you’ll need to install what the Government calls “primary” measures. These are:
- Insulation: solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor and loft or roof
- Low-carbon heating: air-source, ground-source, hybrid heat pumps, solar thermal systems and biomass boilers
If you install at least one primary improvement, you’ll also be able to claim to for “secondary” measures. These include:
- Replacing single glazing with double or triple glazing
- Draught proofing
- Installing energy-efficient doors
- Heating controls such as a hot water tank thermostat, smart heating controls, to name a few.
- Hot water tank insulation
Beware: the amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you received for primary measures.
A full list of eligible home improvements can be found here.
It's running for a limited time
Although originally planned to run for 6-months, the scheme is now available until 2022 with the Government stating that all work must be completed by the end of March 2022.
Vouchers will start to be issued to customers from early November 2021, and you will receive a separate voucher for each measure you wish to install. Work can begin once you have received your voucher as work prior to this cannot be claimed.
Potential savings can be substantial
*images taken from the Energy Saving Trust
You’re eligible but need to borrow more; what's next?
If you’re an existing borrower of ours and interested in making green improvements to your home, but need to borrower further funds, our GoGreen further advance mortgage could be for you.
If you'd like to talk to a qualified mortgage adviser about your options, contact us today.
Please note, at present due to Covid19 social distancing measures, mortgage appointments are available by telephone.
*all figures and data correct as of November 2020.
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