New Green Homes Grant: Up to £10,000 Energy Saving Vouchers for Homeowners
UK Homeowners and Landlords Will Receive Government Grants for Home Renovations
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, in which homeowners can receive vouchers of up to £10,000 to carry out renovations to make their homes more energy-efficient.
Though a complete list has not been released by the government, improvements such as energy-efficient Doors, Double Glazing, insulation, are said to be covered by the scheme.
‘From September, homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient and create local jobs. The grants will cover at least two thirds of the costs, up to £5,000 per household,’ chancellor Rishi Sunak announced during the briefing.
Households with the lowest income can receive a voucher of up to £10,000, covering the full cost of renovations.
The vouchers will cover two thirds of the renovation costs, and are designed to help families save money on annual energy bills. According to estimates from the Treasury, families can save as much as £300 per year through the Green Homes grant.
In order to participate in the scheme, homeowners and Landlords can apply online here.
And closer to September we will come back to you to discuss in more details.
The Grant Will Reduce Energy Bills, Cut Carbon Emissions, and Create Jobs
The Green Homes Grant scheme is a £2 billion package to help the UK bounce back from the covid-19 pandemic by saving money, cutting carbon, and creating jobs. A further £1 billion package for the public sector was announced by Mr Sunak.
In total, this £3 billion initiative by the government will make 650,000 homes more energy efficient, help save households money on bills, lower the UK’s carbon
emission by more than half a mega tonne per year — equivalent to taking 270,000 cars off the road — and support an estimated 140,00 green jobs.
‘This is going to be a green recovery with concern for our environment at its heart,’ Sunak says.
Together with existing funding opportunities for green energy, a £5,000 voucher makes the switch to renewables more affordable than ever.
The government has not officially released information regarding eligibility, though we assume most homeowners and landlords will be eligible for grants up to £5,000. It has been confirmed that low-income households are eligible for up to £10,000.
MMW Green Solutions Ltd
Unlike the current ECO scheme, the Green Homes Grant is available to everyone irrespective of whether you are on benefits or not. All home owners and landlords can apply for up to a £5000* share of the £2bn grant scheme, which is available throughout England, to assist in greatly reducing emissions and saving property owners as much as £600 a year on their energy costs.
- Do you live in a cold property with solid walls?
- Do you have a cold attic room?
- Has funding not covered your property before as you have gas central heating?
- Have the grants not covered you before because you don’t claim benefits?
£5,000-£10,000 GRANTS Available
- At MMW Green Solutions Ltd, we can help you with the installation of Internal Wall, Heating and Room in Roof Insulation.
Improving energy efficiency with solid wall insulation and room in roof insulation offers financial savings on bills and cuts carbon emissions to assist with reaching the Governments climate targets along with their £3bn ‘Green Investment’ package.
A welcomed move offering many home owners some financial support after the increased energy bills throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and we at MMW endeavour to assist as many clients as possible to secure funds available.
Households of a lower income could be provided with an additional top up to a maximum funding of £10,000 to make the scheme more accessible and would not be expected to contribute whatsoever toward the cost.
*The Government grant will cover at least two-thirds of the cost of the work.
Details from the Government as at 04/08/2020
Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme
The available measures are split into “primary” and “secondary” categories.
Households will need to install at least one of the primary measures below to qualify for funding.
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.
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).
The secondary measures are:
- 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.
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
If you wish to apply for the green homes grant application please fill in the form below: