Green Homes Grant Scheme, entitles homeowners and landlords to claim vouchers worth up to £10,000 for home improvements that will make their properties more energy efficient.
Green Homes Grant Scheme: Everything you should know
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the scheme on the 8th of July 2020, but details of the scheme since then have been vague to say the least, leaving there lots of unanswered questions – Best Glaze have some of the answers and can hopefully help homeowners in Cornwall claim the grants they are entitled to and make their homes more energy efficient.
As a company that works in the double glazing industry, we have been asked numerous questions by homeowners, so we have put them together in this article. These are the most asked questions about the Green Homes Grant Scheme which we have answered for you, shedding some light on how the green home grants scheme works, who can claim and for what….
What is the Green Home Grants Scheme?
The Green Home Grants Scheme is a new scheme by the UK Government to provide homeowners with grants to make properties more energy efficient:
The aim of the scheme is simply to aid landlords & homeowners to make energy efficient home improvements to their properties, such as new boilers, loft of cavity insulation or even double glazing, home improvements that will ultimately reduce energy usage improving the energy efficiency of a property and contributing towards the governments goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
What does the scheme provide homeowners?
The green homes grant scheme, will provide homeowners and landlords with vouchers with a value of up to £10,000 for qualifying energy efficient home improvements.
It’s worth noting that most homeowners and landlords will only be entitled to green homes grant scheme vouchers worth up to but not exceeding £5,000, in order to qualify for the green homes grant scheme vouchers worth up to £10,000 you would need to be on a low income.
Which home improvements are covered by the green homes grant scheme?
The Grant will cover a range of different energy saving home improvements, the Government has released a list of energy saving improvements that are supported by the green scheme.
The home improvement which are being reffered to as measures are split into two catergories – primary and secondary. We have listed the primary and secondary measures which are included in the scheme, it’s worth noting that these are measures are subject to approval.
Room in room insulation
- Air source heat pumps
- Ground source heat pumps
Entrance doors can be replaced for an energy efficient replacement providing the existing door(s) were fitted prior to 2002
- Draught excluding
Boilers / Tanks:
Hot water tank
Appliance tank thermostats
Thermost radiator valves
Smart heating controls
Above are the primary measures, you will need to have at least one of those installed in order to qualify for one or more of the secondary measures, the cost of the secondary measures can not exceed that of the primary measure.
Are new double glazed windows and doors included?
We are pleased to reveal that double glazing, triple glazing, and secondary glazing are all included in the green homes grant scheme however there are some stipulations:
Homeowners & landlords can only get a grant for double glazing, triple glazing and secondary glazing if they are replacing single glazed windows, one or more of the primary measures must also be installed in order to qualify and cost of the double glazing, triple glazing or secondary glazing must not exceed the cost of the primary measure.
This is great news for homeowners and landlords if you meet the criteria stipulated, if you do then there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to claim the green homes grant scheme voucher for the following:
- Double glazed windows
- Triple glazed windows
- Secondary glazing
- Energy efficient entrance doors
I have double glazing or insulation in my property, can I still apply for the grant?
We have been asked many times if homeowners or landlords can still apply for a grant voucher if double glazing is already installed in the home and the answer is clear:
The green homes grant scheme only covers replacement windows or doors if your property currently has single glazing. There is no grant available for upgrading from double glazing to a more energy efficient double or triple glazing replacement under the scheme.
I have an order with a supplier already, should I cancel or is this covered?
Unfortunatley there is no definitive answer for homeowners in this situation, we will update as soon as we find out more.
If you have double glazing installed in your home already and are looking to replace it or upgrade it, the advice is simple….don’t cancel. The scheme does not cover upgrades for existing double glazing.
With regards to other energy saving measures, look at the probability of being eligible by asking yourself some simple questions.
The point of the Governments scheme is to allow property owners to install “energy saving measure”s which insulate the building is the main objective of the green scheme. So if the house has little or no insulation at present, it’s very likely that you will be eligible for the grant.
On the flip side, if the property is already insulated, already has double glazing installed, the chances of you being eligible for the grant is far less likely.
This doesn’t mean you should cancel any planned home improvement project, eligibility for the grant is not guaranteed. If you were to cancel home improvements you would be bitterly dissapointed to find out the project is not eligible for a grant further down the line.
There are so many variables involved and every circumstance is different, keep checking back here regularly we will be constantly posting updates about the scheme.
Am I eligible for the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
The treasury has not revealed the exact details about the eligibility criteria however it’s likely that most homeowners and landlords will be covered in some form or another.
in order to claim the voucher, a list of the energy efficient measures that are eligible will be provided . It is then up to you to source an accredited supplier and get a quote for the works.
A voucher will only be issued once you have received your quote from an accredited supplier and the energy efficient measure is approved. We cover how to find an accredited supplier & how to apply for a grant further into the article.
Unless you are classed as being on a low income, the green scheme voucher will be worth up to a maximum of £5,000, and can onlybe redeemed for 2/3 of the total cost of the home improvement.
If you are classed as being on a low income, then thegreen scheme voucher has a value of up to £10,000 and can be used to cover 100% of the home improvement costs.
How do I apply for a Green Homes Grant?
Applications for the Green Homes Grant Scheme will open in September and will take place via the Simple Energy Advice website. But you will need to obtain a quote from an approved green scheme installer.
When you visit the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website suitable energy saving home improvements will be recommended to you. It is then up to you to obtain a quote from a local company in your area that is a TrustMark endorsed company or MCS certified. You can also find a list of companies that are qualified to carry out the home improvements under the scheme on the SEA website or by searching on TrustMark website.
If the works qualify and you have a quote from a local company qualified to carry out the home improvements, a voucher will then be issued directly to you.
If you are looking for a quote for double glazing or replacement doors in Cornwall, we can help as we are a local TrustMark Government endorsed company. The grant can be applied for from the end of September, it will then be possible to apply for the grant online.
When does the scheme end?
The Green Homes Grant scheme is due to end in March 2021. The green homes grant scheme is set to run for a total of six months, starting September 2020 until March 2021.
Should I use a Green Homes Grant?
As long as you fall under the eligibility criteria, we would strongly recommend all homeowners & landlords use the grant for energy saving home improvements.
Not only does installing energy saving measures in your home help save the environment, it can also save you money on energy bills. The green scheme was actually designed to lower energy bills, whilst creating more “green jobs” for the UK economy.
If you think you could qualify for a green scheme voucher, live in Cornwall and would like to upgrade your windows or doors, we will happily give you an estimation of cost for new windows and doors in your home. Contact us
Which companies are accredited suppliers?
Only TrustMark Registered Business or MCS Certified tradespeople are an accredited supplier under the Green Homes Grant scheme, there are some specific requirements installers must meet – so make sure to check with whoever you decide to use, also check for a legitimate TrustMark liscense.
Installers that are registered to carry out work under the green homes grant scheme will be listed on the Simple Energy Advice website.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are the green homes vouchers worth?
The vouchers for the grant can be worth up to £10,000. Most applicants will receive up to £5,000 unless they are classed as being on a low-income, in which case they can receive up to £10,000.
When will the Green Homes Grant be available?
The grant is set to launch the later part of September 2020 and will continue untill March 2021 when the scheme will end.
Can I get double glazing under the green scheme?
The grant will cover a whole range of energy saving home improvements, such as roof insulation, loft insulation and wall insulation. Some double glazing installations will also be covered, only when upgrading from single glazing. Doors are covered but only if the existing was installed prior to 2002.
The full list of work covered is featured in this article.
Who is an accredited supplier?
TrustMark Registered Businesses are accredited suppliers. Whichever company you decide to use for energy saving home improvements, be sure to ask about their TrustMark status.