This blog was commissioned for Green Home Voucher by Fresh Digital Agency.
The Green Home Grant Voucher scheme is part of a plan by the UK Government to increase energy efficiency in homes across England to reduce carbon emissions. This plan is launching in September 2020 and stops in March 2021, in a bid to support jobs and bolster the economic recovery following the coronavirus. The plan hopes to provide warmer homes during the colder months to struggling households, as well as reducing their electric and gas bills in the long term, saving them thousands annually.
What home improvements are included under the Green Homes Grant scheme?
Home improvement projects for energy saving are covered by the Green Homes Grant but not all projects are eligible. They are broken down into two categories: primary and secondary.
Energy saving home improvements that are included in the primary category are insulation (solid wall, cavity wall, under-floor, loft, flat roof, room in roof, park home) and low carbon heating (air source heat pump, ground source heat pump, solar thermal) once the household has adequate insulation, while secondary home improvement projects will include draught proofing, double and triple glazing only where replacing single glazing, upgrading to energy saving doors only when replacing doors installed prior to 2002, and heating controls and insulation, such as smart heating controls, appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, zone controls, delayed start thermostat, and thermostatic radiator valves.
New boilers, according to Martin Lewis, are not included in the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme. However, for those who are on low-income benefits, they may qualify for a boiler grant. If you are not on the benefit system, you can apply online for a fixed price boiler and pay small monthly instalments, rather than one large lump sum.
How will I find a provider that accepts my Green Home Grant Vouchers?
Once the scheme has been launched in September 2020, you will be able to apply online, where you will provide details of the home improvements you would like to claim on the Green Homes Grant vouchers. Once approved, you will be sent a list of approved tradesmen in your local area and vouchers will be distributed from the end of September. More details should be released in the coming weeks.
Get in touch with a Green Home Voucher agent to find out more details on the grant, eligibility and how to apply.