WHAT IS THE GREEN HOME GRANT SCHEME?
What is the Green Homes Grant & is it available in Cornwall?
The Green Homes Grant, which is due to launch at the end of September will see vouchers worth between £5,000 and £10,000 depending on circumstances, issued to homeowners throughout Cornwall to help fund the cost of making their homes more energy-efficient.
Eligible homeowners will be able to use the grants towards environmentally friendly home improvements such as insulation and low carbon heating.
How will the Green Homes Grant work?
The grants, in form of vouchers, can be redeemed by homeowners in England towards the cost of the home improvements which will generally cover up to 66% of the cost or in some cases, up to 100%.
The government have stated that all work under the Green Homes Grant scheme must be completed by 31st March 2021, giving just a six-month window of opportunity to take advantage.
The aims of the grant scheme are to help homeowners afford energy-efficient improvements, to generally promote energy efficiency and to give a boost to the economy by creating work during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Grants are only available in England.
What will the vouchers cover?
The grant is broken down into primary and secondary categories and to qualify, you must install one of the primary improvements, after which, you can choose a secondary improvement.
- Insulation, including solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, roof or loft insulation. Insulation for a park home is also included.
- Low carbon heating, such as ground-source or air-source heat pumps, or solar thermal systems, which provide renewable ways of heating your home.
- Double or triple glazing, or secondary glazing, but only if you currently have single glazing – it won’t cover replacement double glazing.
- Heating controls and insulation, including appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed-start thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves.
How much will the vouchers be worth?
For most homeowners, the vouchers will be worth about two-thirds of the cost of the energy efficient improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 per household.
However, those on low incomes will be eligible for more – in that case the Government will cover the full cost of the energy efficient improvements, so you won’t have to pay anything, and the vouchers could be worth up to £10,000 per household.
Of course, green improvements such as insulation can also help cut your energy bills, with the Government saying families could be able to save hundreds of pounds a year as a result.