Guide to UK Green Homes Grant

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Green home grants (GHG) provide free vouchers that can be used to make energy-saving improvements to your home, to schemes that can bring significant reductions to the cost of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). There are plenty of green home grants available for UK homeowners, landlords and motorists.

The good news is that there are, in fact, a wide range of energy grants and schemes available to UK residents that can help with the cost of making your home and mode of transport more efficient and eco-friendly.

The UK government's commitment to a greener future led to the inception of the Green Homes Grant in September 2020. This initiative not only aligns with the ambitious target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 but also serves as a post-pandemic economic stimulus.

As part of the government's vision for a green industrial revolution, the Green Homes Grant empowers homeowners and landlords across England to retrofit their properties. With the provision of discount vouchers, once-expensive energy-efficient upgrades have become accessible and affordable.

What is the Green Homes Grant?

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Homeowners and landlords in England are able to apply for a green home grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.

If a valid application was submitted before 5pm on 31 March 2021, the government will provide a voucher that covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. You may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy if you are a homeowner and either you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of these vouchers is £10,000. Landlords could not apply for the low-income part of the scheme.

Local Authorities in England will also be making support available for low income households in their local area through the Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery. Contact your Local Authority to see if they are participating in this scheme and for further information.


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What improvements can I get?

Vouchers must be used to install at least one primary home insulation or low carbon heating measure.

If you chose to install at least one of the primary measures, you could use your voucher to help cover the cost of secondary measures. The subsidy for the secondary measure is capped at the value of the subsidy provided for the primary measures. For example, if you receive £400 for a primary measure such as cavity wall insulation, you will be able to receive a maximum of £400 for a secondary measure such as an energy efficient replacement door.

The primary and secondary measures are set out below:

Primary Measures

Insulation:

  • Solid wall
  • Cavity wall
  • Under-floor insulation (solid floor; suspended floor)
  • Loft
  • Flat roof
  • Room in roof
  • Park home insulation

Low carbon heat:

  • Air source heat pump
  • Ground source heat pump
  • Solar thermal
  • Biomass boilers

Secondary Measures

Windows and doors:

  • Draught proofing
  • Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
  • Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • Energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed doors installed before 2002)

Heating controls and insulation:

  • Hot water tank thermostats
  • Hot water tank insulation
  • Heating controls (e.g. smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves)

What if I’m claiming other grants or funding?

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  • Energy Company Obligation

You will not be able to claim Green Homes Grant subsidy vouchers towards the cost of a measure which has also received funding under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). However, you can claim both ECO GRANT and Green Homes Grant subsidy providing they are each for different measures – for example loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gives households money towards renewable heating costs in their home. Payments are made for 7 years and are based on the amount of renewable heat made by your heating system.

You can claim both the Domestic RHI and the Green Home Grant for the renewable heat installation. You must claim first and then notify Ofgem that you have used it when you apply for accreditation to the Domestic RHI. The Green Homes Grant will then be deducted from your Domestic RHI payments.

Households can claim the Green Homes Grant for energy efficiency measures both before and after accreditation to the Domestic RHI.

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Getting the voucher

Upon application, you'll receive a separate voucher for each chosen improvement. These vouchers are specific to the measure and property and cannot be transferred. Work should commence only after the voucher is issued, and vouchers come with expiration dates. Extensions may be granted under certain circumstances.

Empower yourself with the Guide to UK Green Homes Grant and embark on a journey towards a more energy-efficient and environmentally conscious lifestyle. By harnessing these grants, you're not only enhancing your living space but contributing to the collective effort in build a sustainable future.

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