Green Homes Grant
What is the Green Homes Grant?
As part of the Government’s plan to cut carbon emissions, they have allocated £2bn for home improvements across England.
The Green Homes Grant scheme will see the Government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of energy-saving home improvements. For most, this will be limited to a maximum contribution of £5,000, however, those in lower-income households may be able to have the entire costs covered, up to £10,000.
Who is eligible for the vouchers?
Homeowners and landlords across England are eligible from the Green Homes Grant vouchers, unfortunately, the scheme is not in place in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales. Non-domestic properties and new-build domestic properties also do not qualify for the vouchers.
If you are looking to use the vouchers to install low carbon heating, you must already have adequate insulation in your home to be eligible for installation.
Check if you’re eligible and what improvement will best suit your home on the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website here.
How can I claim the Green Homes Grant vouchers?
Although the official date has not yet been released, applications are expected to open in late September on the Government website here.
The advice is to get in quickly to be able to book a qualified installer, as the voucher will need to be redeemed and the work scheduled to be completed by 31st March 2021.
What home improvements are covered?
Energy-saving home improvements are split into two categories – primary and secondary measures. Vouchers must be used to install one of the primary measures, but you will then be able to claim further vouchers for the installation of secondary measures. However, the value of the secondary measure vouchers will be capped to the same as what was received for the primary measures.
- Solid Wall
- Cavity Wall
- Low carbon heating
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Solar Thermal
- Biomass Pellet Boilers
- Windows & doors
- Draught proofing
- Double/ Triple Glazing (when replacing single glazing)
- Energy-efficient doors
- Heating controls & insulation
- Hot water tank insulation
- Hot water tank thermostat
- Heating controls
How can The Greener Group help?
The Greener Group are an accredited installer and will carry out low carbon heating installations under the Green Homes Grant scheme.
Heat Pumps are an ideal heating solution for a range of properties; from flats and small houses to large detached houses and commercial properties and provide a low-cost heating system.
There are two types of heat pumps that work in different ways. Ground Source Heat Pumps take heat radiated from the sun and stored in the ground, whereas Air Source Heat Pumps use the latent heat in the air, even at minus temperatures.
Read more about heat pumps here.
A solar thermal water heating system can provide up to 70% of your property’s hot water whilst, saving you money on your energy bills. By using the heat from the sun, a solar thermal panel will heat household water throughout the day, reducing the requirement for a traditional oil or gas boiler to heat the water and therefore reducing your household energy bills.
Flat plate and vacuum tube thermal collectors can be installed on pitched roofs, flat roofs, ground-mounted or on bespoke fixings.
Read more about Solar Thermal here.
Wood Pellet Biomass Boiler
Wood pellet heating is a new and modern solution consisting of a range of decorative stoves and boilers for your home. The pellets are excellent
fuel for several reasons including the fact they can be mass-produced to a high, uniform specification and have a high calorific value.
Wood pellet biomass boilers are an environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and renewable energy source. Read more about them here.
Can I still benefit from RHI tariff payments?
The low-carbon heating options listed above are all eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which can be used in conjunction with the Green Homes Grant vouchers.
You must claim the Green Homes Grant voucher first, and notify Ofgem that you have used it when applying for the domestic RHI. The Green Homes Grant will then be deducted from your domestic RHI payments.
For further information or to enquire about an installation, contact us here.