Green Homes Grants of up to £5,000 will be Available in September to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home. Register Your Interest in Green Homes Grants Today, Home Owners and Private Landlords Qualify.
Green Homes Grants Help to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
The Green Homes Grants Scheme was announced by Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday 8th July. It will start in September 2020 but you can register your interest early by completing the form on this page.
Green Homes Grants of up to £5,000 or 2/3 of the cost will be available to help pay for energy saving home improvements for residential homes. Poorer households could get up to £10,000 and the full cost will be covered.
The scheme is part of a £2 Billion green initiative with the purpose of improving the energy efficiency of homes by upgrading insulation and heating systems. It will also reduce carbon emissions and help to create jobs lost by the effects on the economy caused by Coronavirus.
A full list of products will be released by the Government in time for the September launch but we expect it to include the following:
- Double and Triple Glazing (probably an upgrade from single glazing)
- Central Heating Boilers (there are doubts whether this will be included)
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Solid Wall Insulation – Both External Wall Insulation and Internal Wall Insulation
- Cavity Wall Insulation
- Loft Insulation
- Under Floor Insulation (below wooden floors)
- Room in Roof Insulation (for attic rooms)
- Energy Efficient Doors
- Low Energy Lighting
Applications for Green Homes Grants can be made from September 2020 but you can register your interest HERE.
Green Homes Grants
The Green Homes Grants Scheme will provide vouchers worth up to £5,000 to homeowners and private landlords to pay for energy saving improvements to their properties.
Vouchers will contribute two thirds of the cost with the home owner or landlord paying the balance. Low income households could receive up to £10,000 as a green homes grant with this paying up to 100% of the cost of improving the energy efficiency of their homes.
Alok Sharma, Business Secretary told the BBC that ‘it means lower bills for households’ with ‘hundreds of pounds off energy bills’.
Green Homes Grants for Low Income Households
The Green Homes Grant Scheme will pay up to £10,000 to the poorest households to install energy saving home improvement products. The Government has not yet indicated who will qualify for the higher grant but the ECO Scheme uses the following means tested benefits and allowances to determine who will qualify:
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
- War Pensions Mobility Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
Green Homes Grants and Insulation
It is anticipated that the Green Homes Grant Scheme will be directed towards primary insulation products such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, under floor insulation and solid wall insulation.
Although the replacement of inefficient heating systems and the installation of double glazing is expected to be allowed under the scheme, it may be that these products can only be installed alongside primary insulation measures.
Green Homes Grants and Double Glazing
With very little detail released by the Government about the Green Homes Grants Scheme it is left to industry analysts to speculate about the proposed rules.
It is thought that grants will be aimed towards insulation measures rather than double glazing and that homes with an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) of C or better will not qualify at all. [You can check the EPC for your home HERE if you live in England or Wales and HERE if you live in Scotland]
There is also speculation that grants will only be available to upgrade from single glazing to double or triple glazing, not to replace existing double glazed windows. It is estimated that around 85% of homes in the UK already have double glazing which means that only a small percentage of homes would qualify for a Green Homes Grant to install double glazing.
Register your interest in a Green Homes Grant
The GGF (Glass and Glazing Federation) asked the BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department of Government) whether the installation of windows and doors would be included in the Green Homes Grants Scheme and the BEIS replied: ‘Yes, but as part of a wider refurbishment of homes aimed at achieving EPC Level C. The aim of the scheme is to significantly improve energy and heat efficiency, which can only be achieved by a number of measures.’
The GGF then concluded that:
- If a property has an EPC of C or above, it is unlikely to qualify for the Green Homes Grants Scheme.
- Where a property qualifies for the scheme, windows and doors will only qualify as part of a package of measures which include insulation. This means that grants of up to £5,000 exclusively for the new windows and doors will not be available.
- This infers that windows and doors will have secondary and not primary status within the Green Homes Grant scheme.
The scheme is not designed to help replace old double glazed windows for new ones, it is to help improve the energy efficiency of poorly insulated homes, especially those of low income households.
Green Homes Grants FAQs
Green Homes Grants
What is the Green Homes Grants Scheme?
The Green Homes Grants Scheme is a government initiative to help householders to install energy efficient products in their homes.
The government will fund up to two thirds of the cost of home improvements with the maximum green homes grant of £5,000.
Green Homes Grants are only available in England.