What is the Green Homes Grant?
If you have not heard already, the Green Homes Grant has been a big topic in the media recently. This government scheme has been designed to improve the energy performance of homes in the UK. It will run for six months and will be coming into effect at the end of September.
There has been a lot of confusion about how homeowners in Essex and throughout the UK can qualify for the grant. Bluemanor are here to help clear things up.
We want to give all homeowners the home improvement of their dreams. With more information having been released about the grant on August 4th, we have put together this handy guide to help you understand the Green Homes Grant better and whether or not you qualify for funding under the scheme.
What is included in the Green Homes Grant?
The UK government has divided the Green Homes Grant into primary and secondary measures. This means that households in Essex and the rest of the UK will need to install at least one of the primary measures before they qualify for the funding.
Homeowners will be able to claim a voucher up to £5,000 for their home improvements. Furthermore, a low income household can claim up to £10,000 in funding.
The primary measures that homeowners will need includes:
- Insulation: Solid wall, under-floor, flat roof, room in roof or cavity wall insulation
- Low Carbon Heat: Air source heat pump, ground source heat pump or solar thermal
Providing one of these primary measures are included in the package of works that homeowners require, additional funding can be provided for secondary measures. However, the overall level of funding will not exceed what was already granted for the primary home improvements.
The secondary measures that are included are:
- Draught proofing
- Windows and Doors: Double or triple glazing (when replacing single glazing), energy efficient doors (replacing doors installed before 2002) or secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- Heating Controls/Insulation: Hot water tanks, appliance tank thermostats or heating controls