What is the Green Homes Grant?
Earlier this year, the Government launched its £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme. This scheme allows people to make energy improvements to their homes.
This offers homeowners and residential landlords the chance to apply for vouchers to put towards the cost of making energy-efficient improvements to their property. A 1-year extension for the Green Homes Grant has been announced on the 18th November by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, until the end of March 2022.
The scheme allows homeowners across England to claim vouchers to cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements up to £5,000, or 100% of the cost for homeowners on low incomes, up to £10,000. Measures covered include insulation of walls, floors and roofs, double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and lo-carbon heating like heat pumps.
You may be eligible if you live in England and:
• You own your own park home on a residential site (including Traveller sites)
• You’re a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations)
You cannot get the Green Homes Grant for newly built homes which have not been previously occupied.
How Much Can You Get?
Vouchers will cover 2/3s of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000.
If you, or someone in your household, receive certain benefits you may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of improvement costs. The maximum value of the voucher however is £10,000.
What Can The Voucher Be Used For?
It is recommended that you seek advice on how best to improve energy efficiency and heating in your home. You can use the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website to check what energy efficiency or low carbon heating improvements may be best suited to your home.
When it comes to home improvements, the available measures are split into primary and secondary measures.
The voucher must be used to install at least one primary measure.
• Solid wall insulation (internal or external)
• Air source heat pump
|• Cavity wall insulation||• Ground source heat pump|
|• Under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)||• Solar thermal (liquid-filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)|
|• Loft insulation||• Biomass boiler|
• Flat roof insulation
|• Hybrid heat pump|
|• Pitched roof insulation|
|• Room in roof insulation|
|• Insulating a park home|
Windows and Doors
Heating Controls and Insulation
• Hot water tank thermostat
• Double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
• Hot water tank insulation
|• Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)||• Heating controls (such as appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves)|
|• Energy-efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)|
What Does The Voucher Cover?
Work cannot be completed by yourself, a member of your household or your immediate family.
All work covered by the voucher must be completed by a TrustMark-registered installer who is also registered for the scheme. Your installer will also need to meet PAS and MCS standards when installing your measures.
How do I apply?
The Green Homes Grant scheme will never include official representatives coming to your property uninvited or cold calling on the phone to encourage you to join the scheme.
Getting work done during national restrictions
Tradespeople, including Green Homes Grant installers, can continue to work in people’s homes under the national restrictions from 5 November. You can still apply for a grant and get the work done. Your installer will follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines. If you would prefer, to minimise contact during national restrictions, you can ask your installer to provide a quote remotely using a video call or detailed photos. For further guidance on how to protect yourself and your tradesperson while getting work done during coronavirus, visit the TrustMark Work Safe, Safe Work website. You can still apply for a grant and get the work done. Your installer will follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
If you would prefer, to minimise contact during national restrictions, you can ask your installer to provide a quote remotely using a video call or detailed photos. For further guidance on how to protect yourself and your tradesperson while getting work done during coronavirus, visit the TrustMark Work Safe, Safe Work website.
The aim of the scheme is to cut carbon dioxide production and help homeowners reduce their energy bills - this could mean a generous saving of up to £600 a year. Homes will be made warmer and more energy-efficient, which will go a long way towards a green recovery and a cleaner environment. The additional benefit will give much-needed support to over 100,000 jobs in the industry.
Your chosen installer can commence work once your voucher has been issued. You may be asked to pay a deposit before any work starts - this will be no more than you would normally pay a tradesperson, and will not exceed your contribution amount of the measure under this scheme.
Tradespeople and businesses that are appropriately certified to install energy efficiency and/or low carbon heating improvements in homes need to register with TrustMark to carry out work under the scheme. This confirms to homeowners that you will install measures to high standards.
You will be added to a directory of TrustMark registered installers and homeowners can then contact you to obtain a quote.
Tradespeople and businesses that install low carbon heating improvements in homes will also need to be MCS certified.
Once you are registered with TrustMark, you need to apply to become a Green Homes Grant installer so you can deliver work in the 600,000 homes that will receive vouchers.