What Should I Know About the Green Homes Grant?
Last week, as publicised in the news, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak released some more information regarding the Green Homes Grant (Tuesday, August 4). This scheme will run for six months until the end of March 2021, with more information available here. The County Windows team has put together this helpful advice article to answer any outstanding questions our customers may have.
What’s Included Within the Grant?
- Homeowners in England can claim vouchers of up to £5,000 for energy efficient home improvements
- Low-income properties can claim up to £10,000
- Primary Measures that can be carried out include:
- Solid Wall, Under-Floor, Cavity Wall or Roof Insulation
- Air Source or Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Solar Thermal
- Secondary Measures include:
- Replacement of Single Glazed Products
- Upgrade to Energy Efficient Doors
- Hot Water Tank/Appliance Tank Thermostats/Heating Controls
All installers must also be signed up to the TrustMark scheme (which County Windows is).
What Will This Mean for the Homeowner?
It’s been made clear that the grant will focus more on the primary improvements before any secondary ones are carried out. Grants will only be offered for secondary measures once the Winchester homeowner has applied and had approvement on a primary measure. This means if you have had all the primary measures implemented, you will not be eligible to receive a grant for a secondary measure. Eligible homeowners can apply for funding for secondary measures once the primary ones are carried out, but it does not exceed the money available for primary measures.
Will My Double Glazing Be Covered?
For Hampshire homeowners with double glazed windows, you will not be eligible for replacements. Only single glazed windows qualify, of which there is only 40% of households in the UK.
On door replacement, there is potential to upgrade, although this is still a secondary measure. If you had your door installed prior to 2002 you could meet eligibility requirements. It’s still unclear whether this covers just front doors or whether back styles such as a patio or French designs are included.
Can Only Be Carried Out By Accredited Installers
Installers who want to be eligible to carry out the work have to hold a TrustMark accreditation. This scheme, which County Windows is part of, gives the Hampshire and Dorset homeowner complete peace of mind that the improvements are carried out to the best standard by an accredited professional. The work itself is protected.
How Do I Find Out If I’m Eligible?
Hampshire or Dorset homeowners can find out about the energy rating of their home and seek advice and support on the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will be issued from the end of September, allowing the work to start.