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.
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.
How to Get My Voucher?
Once you have checked your eligibility and decided which improvement you can go ahead with, it is worthwhile getting at least 3 quotes from certified installers. You will only need one quote from an installer registered on the scheme to apply for the voucher.
When applying, you will need a copy of the quote, with only one application form needed to be filled out. Applying for a voucher does not guarantee that the application will be approved.
Getting the Voucher
The Winchester homeowner will receive a voucher for each measure they have applied for. This voucher is only valid for the measure and the property applied for. Once the voucher has been issued, work can begin by the installer. The installer may ask for a deposit which should not be larger than the amount usually charged.
Redeeming the Voucher
To redeem the voucher, the homeowner must confirm that:
- The installation was completed satisfactorily before the voucher expiry date
- You have received the necessary documents from the installer
- You have paid your share of the costs to the installer (if applicable)
- You meet the relevant eligibility requirements
You will need to provide a dated copy of the invoice that is issued by the installer. When the voucher is redeemed, the grant will be paid on your behalf directly to the installer.