New: Green Homes Grant Scheme
On 8th July 2020, the UK Government has announced a new home improvements grant scheme.
The new scheme, called Green Homes Grant Scheme, allows homeowners and landlords to claim vouchers worth up to £10,000, to install energy saving measures in their homes, including for double glazing (windows and doors).
As part of the UK Government’s new Green Homes Grant Scheme, vouchers worth up to £10,000 will be given to homeowners and landlords to make their homes more energy efficient.
We have compiled the top questions about the scheme and provided answers below, so that you know how the scheme works, and what it’s all about.
What is the Green Home Grants Scheme?
The Green Home Grants Scheme is a new scheme by the UK Government.
The aim of the scheme is to enable homeowners and landlords to upgrade their homes and properties with energy-saving features, such as insulation or double glazing, in order to reduce energy usage and improve the energy efficiency of a property.
What does the scheme provide?
Under the scheme, the UK Government will provide homeowners and landlords with vouchers worth up to a maximum of £10,000.
Most homeowners and landlords will receive vouchers up to £5,000, whilst those on low incomes will receive up to £10,000. But depending on which category you fall into, the scheme works slightly differently.
Which home improvements are covered through the grant?
The Green Homes Grant will cover a variety of energy saving home improvements.
A comprehensive list of measures has not been published, but our sources suggest that the scheme will be split into two parts – primary measures and secondary measures.
Primary measures are the measures likely to yield the highest level of energy efficiency. These measures include:
- External wall insulation
- Cavity wall insulation (combined with loft insulation)
- Underfloor insulation
- Room in roof
Other measures are available, but they must be coupled with one of the above primary measures. This can include replacing single glazed windows with double glazed windows.
There is currently no information or guarantee that it will include replacement double glazing. For example, replacing a double glazed window with a new double glazed window that may have a higher Window Energy Rating, e.g. A Rated Windows.
I already have double glazing or insulation in my house, can I still apply for the grant?
If you already have the above energy saving measures in your home, you might be wondering if you’re still eligible to use the grant.
For example, you may have single glazed windows in your home, which aren’t as energy efficient as more modern windows.
At the time of writing, the Government have not released the full details of the scheme. When full details are released, we expect the Government to provide a comprehensive list of which energy saving measures are included, and if the grant can cover upgrades to existing energy saving measures (e.g. upgrading energy efficient windows from rating B to A, for example).
Bookmark this page and keep checking back for regular updates, as we’ll be keeping abreast of all of the latest developments on the grant.
I’ve already placed an order with a supplier, is this covered or should I cancel?
We have received this question quite a lot, and unfortunately, the details aren’t clear at the moment.
The best way forward is to look at the probability of being eligible.
Energy saving measures that include insulating your home are the main points of the scheme. If your home lacks insulation, it’s likely that you will be able to make use of the grant.
But if your home is insulated, and has double glazing already installed, it’s much less likely you will be eligible for the grant.
As a result, we wouldn’t recommend cancelling any double glazing installations that you may have planned. But each project varies.
Either way, we wouldn’t recommend cancelling any home improvement project, as there’s currently no guarantee you would be eligible.
Cancelling or placing projects on-hold could delay the works, only for you to be disappointed if you later find out the project is not eligible.
Nonetheless, every project is different and we recommend you keep checking back here regularly for any updates.
Am I eligible for the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
Exact details on the eligibility criteria has not yet been released by the Treasury, but we expect that most homeowners and landlords will be covered.
To get the voucher, you will be shown the energy efficiency measures that the voucher can be used for. All you then have to do is obtain a quote from an accredited supplier.
Once you have received your quote and the type of work is approved, the voucher will be issued.
For those who aren’t class as being on a low income, the vouchers will be worth up to a maximum of £5,000, and can only cover 2/3 of the total cost.
For those on a low income, the vouchers are worth up to £10,000 and can cover 100% of the cost.
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 installer.
If you are looking for a quote for double glazing or doors, please contact us.
From September, it will be possible to apply for the grant online.
Should I use a Green Homes Grant?
If you meet the eligibility criteria, we would recommend most homeowners make use of the grant.
Installing energy saving measures into your home can help to lower energy bills, saving you money each month, whilst also helping the environment.
The scheme is designed with the aim of lowering energy bills, while at the same time creating more jobs for the UK economy, touted as “green jobs”.
If you would like to prepare to make use of the scheme, please contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are the vouchers?
The vouchers for the grant are worth up to £10,000. Most people will receive up to £5,000, whereas those classed as being on low-income can receive up to £10,000.
When will the grant be available?
The grant is expected to launch in September 2020.
What does the grant cover?
The grant is expected to cover a range of energy saving measures, including roof insulation and wall insulation. It’s likely to cover some double glazing installations too, but read our article for full details on how the scheme will work.
Can I get a grant for new windows and doors?
In a roundabout way, yes. Whilst there isn’t an official “double glazing grant scheme” there is an energy-saving benefits grant called the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) which may potentially be used for double glazing upgrades.
How can I get free replacement windows?
The ECO and Green Deal are more national-based schemes that are currently available for homeowners.
We would refer you to speak to your local government to see what loans and schemes are currently available within your area.
How much can new windows save on energy?
Installing the latest windows and doors can have huge energy-saving benefits by decreasing the amount of heat loss in the home whilst in turn, saving on monthly energy bills.