After being launched as part of the government’s plan to “build back greener” the Green Homes Grant scheme is now closed.
Only 6 months after launching in September 2020, to much fanfare, the scheme will come to an end at 5pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021. The previous end date was set to be 31st March 2022 after a recent decision to extend the initiative.
Homeowners and landlords in England can now apply for up to £5,000 towards the cost of energy saving home improvements.
The government’s Green Homes Grants scheme is intended to enable homeowners to make their homes warmer, while also reducing their energy bills consumption of fossil fuels.
There is £2 million of funding available to 600,000 households, and estimates that some will be able to reduce their energy costs by up to £600 per year. Low income households (in receipt of certain benefits) can apply for a voucher to cover 100% of the cost of carrying out energy saving measures up to £10,000.
Applications are now open and will close on 31st March 2022.
Which home improvements are eligible for a grant?
Green Homes Grants vouchers must be used to install at least one primary measure, but eligible homeowners can then use their voucher to help cover the cost of secondary measures (capped at the value of the first voucher).
Low carbon heating:
When you install at least one primary measure, you can receive a secondary voucher to part of the cost of a secondary measure such as:
How much will homeowners need to pay?
The majority of Green Homes Grants applicants will be required to cover a third of the cost of the work carried out, but how much is that likely to be?
To find out how much a low carbon heating system (heat pump or biomass boiler) is likely to cost, visit Boiler Guide. By completing their simple enquiry form you will receive up to 3 free no-obligation quotes from MCS certified installers in your area, many of which are taking part in the Green Homes Grants scheme.
For solar thermal quotes, head over to Solar Guide.
For windows replacement quotes, visit Windows Guide.
How to apply for a Green Homes Grant
Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher online until 31st March 2022. The application process will assess your eligibility for a voucher, which home improvements might be appropriate for your property, and how much the work is likely to cost. You can then find installers who are registered with the scheme, compare quotes, and apply for your voucher.