All you need to know about the Green Homes Grant

The Green Homes Grant 

Is a government grant for homeowners in England to help pay for certain energy-efficient home improvements. Around 600,000 people are expected to benefit from the grant, which will pay at least two thirds of the cost of some energy-saving renovations. The maximum amount available is £5,000, or £10,000 if you get certain benefits.

Can I choose any trader to do Green Homes Grant work? 

Traders must be TrustMark approved or MCS registered to be able to do work in your home covered by the Green Homes Grant scheme. TrustMark is a government-endorsed scheme for tradespeople that vets their technical competence, customer service and trading practices.

As “Which? Trusted Traders” and As a Government “Trustmark” accredited company there is nobody better qualified to guide grant applicants through the process of obtaining the maximum benefit from the new scheme. TrustMark and MCS both have lists of traders registered with their schemes so you can double check.

Vouchers for up to £5,000 are available for selected home improvements, including insulation. We can help you find out whether you’re eligible for this government grant and how to apply. We will also advise on the best way that you can get the most out of this golden opportunity.

Act Fast Apply now scheme ends 31 March 2021

Homeowners and landlords can apply for the vouchers since the end of September 2020, when the scheme launched. The vouchers will be issued from the end of November 2020. The scheme will close at the end of March 2021, so you’ll need to act quickly. To qualify, work must be scheduled to be completed, and the voucher redeemed, before 31 March.

What does the Green Homes Grant cover?

You must install either insulation or low-carbon heating to qualify for the vouchers. These are called ‘primary’ measures under the scheme and include: Insulation: solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under-floor insulation, loft insulation, flat roof insulation, room-in-roof insulation, park home insulation Air-source heat pump Ground-source heat pump Solar thermal water heating Biomass boilers You can apply for top-up insulation if you don’t already have the maximum recommended amount.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to upgrade your roof and insulation taking advantage of the Governments contribution of £5K plus ongoing savings amounting to 100’s of pounds per yearThe Green energy grant is available for accessing the roof, scaffolding, roof stripping, fitting of insulation & refitting of roof cover which makes an excellent investment and will add considerable value to your property (in effect it pays for itself) This provides a perfect opportunity to upgrade and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your roof will be fully guaranteed for many years to come dependent on slate / tile used)

We can help you get £5000 Government funding towards a brand-new roof and money-saving insulation which could Save UP TO £500 PER YEAR ON YOUR HEATING BILLS. The key to making the most of the energy-saving lies in the condition of your roof and the age and condition of the insulation.

How much can I get in home improvement grants? 

The vouchers will pay for at least two thirds of eligible measures, up to the value of £5,000. For example, if you wanted to install insulation costing £4,000, you would pay £1,320 and the government would give you a voucher for the other £2,680. How much of a grant you can get for ‘secondary’ energy-efficient improvements depends on the amount you’ll get for the ‘primary’ measure (insulation or low-carbon heating). For example, if you get £1,000 of vouchers for loft insulation, then you would be eligible for up to £1,000 of vouchers towards a secondary measure (such as double glazing or hot water tank insulation). Those on the lowest incomes won’t have to pay anything towards their home improvements and could get vouchers of up to £10,000. You’ll need to receive certain benefits to qualify

How do I pay for home improvements with Green Homes Grant vouchers? 

The government’s Simple Energy Advice service will confirm whether the home improvement you apply for is eligible for vouchers to cover some of the cost. It will also confirm the chosen trader to complete the work and this will be stated on the voucher. Applying for a voucher doesn’t guarantee that you will get one. Wait until you have been issued a voucher before you commit to starting any work. You’ll get a different voucher for each measure. It is only valid for the measure and the property you applied for. It must be used by the person named on it. The installer might ask for a deposit. It cannot be more than the amount you expect to pay towards the home improvement. For example, if your voucher covers two thirds of the cost of a £3,000 insulation installation, then you cannot be asked to pay more than £1,000 deposit. However, the installer also should not ask for a bigger deposit than they would ordinarily. If you are eligible for up to £10,000 of vouchers as part of the low-income scheme, you should not be asked to pay a deposit unless the measures will cost more than £10,000. When the work is complete, you must redeem the voucher. To do this, you will need to confirm the work is complete, that you have received any necessary documents from the installer, pay your share of the costs and provide a dated copy of the invoice from the installer.  The trader or installer will then be paid directly by the government. You must redeem the voucher before it expires in order to qualify for the government support

Who can benefit from the scheme?

Homeowners and landlords, either social or private, in England and Wales, can apply.

Eligibility 

For the general scheme the following properties are eligible:

  • All owner-occupied homes brackets including long leaseholds shared ownership
  • Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties
  • Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes)
  • Park homeowners for residential sites including gipsy and traveller sites

Do the vouchers cover installation and labour?        

Green Homes Grant vouchers cover contractor costs including labour, materials, scaffolding, waste removal and VAT. Professional services to make sure your installation complies with standards are covered too, such as design drawings, structural engineers, modelling to estimate payback time and costs of damp specialists. The vouchers also cover work that is necessary for the eligible measure to be installed. For example, repairing and treating damp or vital structural improvements. For low carbon heating the pipes, pumps, valves, heating system controls and new high capacity radiators or underfloor heating are covered. But the vouchers do not cover EPCs, building surveys, training costs, asbestos removal, additional buildings insurance or design, repair or replacement that’s not linked to the eligible work. You can’t claim for furniture storage or alternative accommodation costs during work at your home.

The voucher does not cover 

  • New build domestic properties
  • A new extension or conversion

Don’t miss out /You need to act now!

The scheme is expected to be hugely popular given the previous less generous energy efficiency grant scheme that saw the assigned budget burn through Within days as homeowners and landlords rushed to secure the grants.

As a Trustmark contractor, we can help you gain the maximum advantage from this scheme:

The scheme officially started at the end of September 2020 year, So You need to register your interest in the scheme with us immediately to get ahead of the queue. Vouchers must be redeemed, and the work scheduled to be completed before the 31st of March 2021.