Green Home Grant seems to be the buzz word of the season. You may have seen it cropping up within your news feeds and being advertised to you recently. So what is the fuss about? Read on to find out!
What Is the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
Through this scheme the government is granting 600,00 homes voucher worth up to £10,000 towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home. Upgrades could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.
As part of the recovery from COVID-19, the government is keen for homeowners to help tackle climate change by carrying out work that will reduce their energy bills and cut carbon emissions and drumming up business for skilled tradespeople.
How to get involved?
To be part of the scheme, you will need to be approved by the government’s TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation schemes. TrustMark and the BMF have partnered to provide training sessions that detail the necessary steps to check whether you already meet the requirements or need further training to become certified. For more information on training go to: www.bmf.org.uk/GHGStraining
Once approved, homeowners will be able to choose from a list of accredited tradespeople in their local area to carry out the work.
What energy efficient improvements are included?
A range of work is covered under the Green Home Grants scheme covers, making it a perfect opportunity for lots of different trades.
Homeowners can get vouchers towards roof, wall, and floor insulation. Air or ground source heat pumps Solar thermal, replacing single to double or triple glazed windows and installing energy-efficient doors, hot water tank, appliance tank thermostats or heating controls.
When does it get going?
The Government has said that to avail of the scheme, you need to have completed the work by 31 March 2021, so there's only a six-month window to sget things going. Unfortunately, you cannot use the scheme to help pay for works that were carried out prior to the voucher being issued.
Is your property eligible?
A whole host of property types can take advantage of the Green Homes Grant, including owner-occupied homes, rented properties and park homes. To know more about the type of properties are covered, visit the government’s website here.
Homeowners will be provided with vouchers worth up to £5,000, while households on low income can receive vouchers up to £10,000. The scheme will see the government pay up to two-thirds of the cost of the improvements. Details on how homeowners can spend the vouchers and how you claim the costs are yet to be announced but keep an eye out for more information.
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