The Government has finally issued information on how the Green Homes Grant Scheme would work. The information was released on the 6th August.
The first vouchers for customers will be issued at the end of September and the scheme will run until the end of March 2021.
Finding a SupplierThe Companies you use will be accredited by their trade bodies to install these energy efficient measures. You should be able to find them at the website www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk
This is how you will qualify.
Work that can be done under the scheme is split into primary and secondary measures. You will need to bid to install at least one of the following “primary measures” below in order 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
Provided one of the above primary measures is included in the package of works you declare, then you can then additionally apply for funding towards “secondary measures”. Remember that the level of funding for the secondary will not exceed that granted for the primary measures. (in other words if you spend £2500 on primary measures you can only get up to £2500 for the secondary ones. Most people will only get a maximum of £5000).
Secondary measures are:
Windows and doors: Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing), secondary glazing (where you add to existing single glazing) and upgrading to energy efficient doors (where you are 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
Are you Eligible?
If you would like to qualify for work on your windows and doors then you have to understand that glazing is a secondary measure. You should ask yourself (or us) these questions:
Are you having one of the Primary Measures listed above installed in your home?
If the answer is YES to the above, then ask yourself two more questions:
Are you looking to replace single glazed windows with double or triple glazing?
Are you looking to upgrade your doors to energy efficient doors?
If the answer is NO to the above then unfortunately you won’t be able to take advantage of the scheme.
If the answer is YES, you should be able to apply for the grant. Remember, for most people the maximum sum will be £5000 although for some on income support it may be possible to receive a total of £10000.
Watch this space for more news.