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.
With the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, only announcing the scheme on 8th July 2020 there are lots of questions to be asked – and luckily, we have some of the answers.
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.

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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.
The Government have yet to release 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).

I’ve already placed an order with a supplier, is this covered or should I cancel?

This is quite a common question, 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 is 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 is 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.
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 will update this page as soon as we have 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 classed as being on a low income, the vouchers will be worth up to a maximum of £5,000, and can only cover two thirds 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 2020 and will take place via the Simple Energy Advice website, but you will need to obtain a quote from an approved installer. As the scheme has only recently been announced, the Simple Energy Advice website has yet to show an application process
If you are looking for a quote for double glazing, we can help you now by completing the form below
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, more commonly known as “green jobs”.
If you would like to prepare to make use of the scheme, fill in the form below and we will be able to provide you with a quotation

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