Green Homes grant scheme
The government have announced further details of the Green Homes Grant Scheme, due to launch in September. Under this scheme homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for a voucher to fund up to two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their home (up to a maximum contribution of around £5000). Low income households will be eligible for up to 100% government funding, up to around £10,000.
Full details of how to apply for the vouchers will be published shortly.
Installers must register for Trust Mark and MCS accreditation to take part in the scheme for heat pumps.
The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners vouchers to install one or more of the following:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal
In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These include one or more of the following:
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
Households will be offered a list of approved TrustMark and MCS registered tradespeople in their local area to carry out the work. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September so work can commence.