The Green Homes Grant has been spoken about and promoted, but what the heck is it? And how does it help you?
It’s basically a scheme for homeowners in England, to help pay for certain energy-efficient home improvements. The government launched this to help homeowners install things like wall insulation, solar panels and air source heat pumps.
Why? Well, for the simple reason of improving the warmth of homes, plus cutting energy bills and helping the UK to be zero-carbon by 2050.
Interesting! How does it work?
This works through the local authorities in England. They can bid for funding to help homes in their area pay for energy efficiency measures through the Local Authority Delivery scheme. They can then select partners to deliver the home improvements grants on their behalf.
Initially, the Green Homes Grant scheme was split into two areas:
Eligible households would be able to apply for free funding through their local authority.
Customers who didn't meet the eligibility criteria would receive a voucher to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of the improvements.
Please note: Since the beginning of the scheme we’ve only worked in partnership with local authorities to provide free energy efficiency upgrades and haven’t dealt with the voucher element of the scheme.
Who qualifies for the Green Homes Grant?
You’re eligible for the Green Homes Grant and Local Authority Delivery Scheme if:
You’re a homeowner. Homeowners include owner-occupiers, social and private landlords and park home owners. New-build homes aren't eligible.
Your home has an EPC energy efficiency rating of D1, E, F or G (check your EPC). (1)
Your household income is less than £30,000 or someone in your home receives a means-tested benefit such as Universal Credit, Income Support, and more. You can check all of the benefits that meet our eligibility criteria on our application form.
What does the Green Homes Grant cover?
The grant covers these improvements:
Insulation (solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under-floor insulation, loft insulation, flat roof insulation, room-in-roof insulation, park home insulation).
Air-source heat pump.
Ground-source heat pump.
Solar thermal water heating.
If you install one of these improvements using the scheme, you could also get vouchers for what’s called a ‘secondary’ energy-saving measure:
Double glazing, triple glazing or secondary glazing (only when you're replacing single glazing).
Energy-efficient doors (only if you’re replacing doors fitted before 2002).
Hot water tank thermostat or appliance thermostat.
Hot water tank insulation.
Smart heating controls, zone controls, thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs).
Can I choose any trader to do Green Homes Grant work?
Nope! Traders must be TrustMark approved or MCS registered to be able to do work in your home covered by the Green Homes Grant scheme.
You'll need to use one from the government's list of accredited traders in your area.
Our traders are TrustMark an MCS registered (2), so you can relax knowing your energy efficiency upgrade is in good hands.
Getting a grant with us. Our step by step guide.
1. Apply online.
Fill out our application form or speak to one of our experts and let us know what measure you're interested in.
2. Eligibility checks.
We'll check to see if you're eligible for a Green Homes Grant and if not, we'll try to help you get the support you need.
3. Home survey.
If you're eligible, one of our assessors will get in touch to arrange a visit to discuss which energy efficiency measures are best for you and your home.
4. Installation time.
We'll book your installation and one of our TrustMark registered installers will come out and do the rest.
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