The Green Homes Grant Scheme was announced by the UK Government at the start of July with details promised in due course.
The scheme, which aims to help homeowners and landlords upgrade their homes to be more energy efficient, is still being finalised by the Government but here is what we know so far.
When will the Green Homes Grant Scheme start?
The Green Homes Grant Scheme will open for applications in September 2020.
It is not yet clear how long the scheme will run for.
How much money will I get?
This will depend on whether you are classed as being on a low income or not.
Low income households, defined as owner-occupied properties who receive certain benefits, will be able to apply for a grant up to £10,000 and are able to use the grant to cover 100% of the cost.
For those who don’t qualify as a low income household, you will be able to apply for a voucher of up to £5,000 and are only able to cover up to two thirds of the cost of the work.
For more information on the criteria for the low income households, visit the link below:
What will the Green Homes Grant Scheme cover?
The Green Homes Grant will cover various home improvements aimed to improve energy efficiency. These have been split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures. In order to qualify for funding, households will need to carry out work coming under at least one of the ‘primary’ categories. The primary categories are:
- Insulation (for walls, floors, lofts or roofs)
- Low carbon heat (air source or ground source heat pump or solar thermal)
If you are having any of the above work carried out, you can also apply for the below secondary measures at the same time:
- Draught proofing
- Windows and doors: upgrading to double / triple glazing from single glazing, installing secondary glazing, where you have single glazed windows or upgrading to energy efficient doors (where the door was previously installed before 2002).
- Double glazing or secondary glazing, when upgrading single glazed windows
- Heating improvements: appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed start thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves.
Please note that secondary measures can only be subsidised up to the amount of subsidy provided for primary measures (for example if a household receives £1,000 for primary measures, they can only receive a maximum of £1,000 towards secondary measures).
New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible.
I want to upgrade my existing double glazed windows, can I apply?
Unfortunately this will not be covered by the scheme, as the scheme only covers homeowners who currently have single glazed windows.
I want to replace my glazed front door, is this covered?
The Government have confirmed that upgrading to energy efficient doors will be covered by the scheme. This only applies to doors installed before 2002. However, unfortunately we do not currently know any further information so we cannot say what exactly will and won’t be covered if you are looking to upgrade your door.
Once more information is announced by the UK Government this page will be updated.
How can I apply for the Green Homes Grant?
To obtain a voucher from the Government you will need to complete an online application for a recommended home improvement. You will be matched with a list of approved suppliers in your local area to obtain a quote from. The quote will then need to be approved before the voucher is issued and the Government expect vouchers to start being issued from the end of September.
Please note that the website to submit your application has not yet been published.
Last updated 21st August 2020.