The effects of climate change are becoming more and more evident with the repeated incidences of wildfires, floods, and other natural calamities in the world. As a result, there has been an increased focus on energy consumption and its impact on climate change in recent times. The urgency of the situation demands that we collectively take steps to cut down energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The UK government has taken several measures to introduce special schemes and grants that focus on reducing carbon emissions and energy usage. One such scheme is the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme?
The Green Homes Grant is a government-backed scheme aimed at improving the energy efficiency of eligible households for free. It is delivered by local authorities and is available to homeowners only. Under the scheme landlords and homeowners can apply for vouchers of up to £5,000 or £10,000 to carry out energy-efficient improvements in their homes. Started from the end of September 2020, the Green Homes Grant scheme will help low-income households improve the energy efficiency of their homes and help the UK achieve its carbon targets for 2050.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The scheme applies to landlords and homeowners, long leaseholders, park homeowners, and those with shared ownership. While a majority of households will be eligible to receive up to £5000, low-income houses that receive disability or other income-based benefits could be eligible for a package of up to £10,000. The vouchers will cover labour, materials, VAT costs, including other expenses necessary for installing the required measures. The Green Homes Grant Scheme is not applicable for new build homeowners and non-domestic property owners.
Energy Efficiency Measures Covered Under the Scheme
The primary aim of the Green Homes Grant scheme is to address fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency and ratings of private homes in the local area. Residents can improve the warmth and comfort in their homes by reducing their energy consumption through Phase 1 or Phase 2 measures.
Phase 1 Measures
Eligible households can opt for the following measures under Phase 1 of the scheme:
- External Wall Insulation
- Low Carbon Heating (Air Source Heat Pumps)
- Solar Panels (Renewable Electricity)
- Door Improvements
- Smart Heating Controls
- Cavity Insulation
- Windows Upgrade
- Loft Insulation.
Phase 2 Measures
Eligible private owner-occupied and private rented properties in the area can opt for the following measures under Phase 2 of the scheme:
- Primary Measure: External Wall Insulation (EWI)
- Secondary Measure: Solar PV panels (These will only be offered where EWI is not suitable)
How to Apply?
Once you’ve decided which measures to install in your home, you can contact a Green Homes Grant registered installer to get a quote for the same. Then you must visit the www.gov.uk/apply-green-homes-grant website to apply for the voucher. Begin the installation work only after your voucher is issued, as anything done before that will not be covered.
How Can AES Help
AES is a Green Homes Grant registered installer in Leicestershire that helps eligible households improve their energy efficiency through advanced insulation solutions. If you are looking to apply for a voucher under this scheme and need to upgrade the insulation in your home, we can provide a free quote and survey of your home and the best insulation services in Leicestershire. Get in touch with our team for more details.