The latest information on the Government’s Green Homes Grant for insulation and low carbon heating in England.

Back in July Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new energy-saving initiative, the Green Homes Grant, which will see homeowners in England receive up to £5,000 towards insulation for their properties. It comes as part of a wider £3 billion package to help the UK meet its 2050 target of achieving net zero carbon emissions, and aims to support more than 100,000 green jobs and upgrade 600,000 homes across England. Now, the government has revealed more details about the scheme, who’s eligible, and what improvements will be covered by the vouchers.

Here’s everything that was revealed in the government’s latest update.

What improvements can I get through the Green Homes Grant?

Qualifying improvements are split into two categories: primary measures and secondary measures. You must choose at least one primary measure, such as insulation or renewable heating, and then you can use the voucher to help cover the cost of secondary measures, such as draft proofing or double glazing.

The subsidy for the secondary measure is capped at the value of the subsidy provided for the primary measures. For example, if you receive £400 for a primary measure, such as cavity wall insulation, you will be able to receive a maximum of £400 for a secondary measure, such as an energy efficient replacement door.

PRIMARY MEASURES

Insulation:

  • Solid wall
  • Cavity wall
  • Under-floor
  • Loft
  • Flat roof
  • Room in roof
  • Park home

Low carbon heating:

  • Air source heat pump (ASHP)
  • Ground source heat pump (GSHP)
  • Solar thermal
  • Biomass pellet boilers

SECONDARY MEASURES

Windows and doors:

  • Draught proofing
  • Double/triple glazing (to replace single glazing)
  • Secondary glazing
  • Energy efficient replacement doors

Heating controls and insulation:

How do I apply for the Green Homes Grant?

The government still hasn’t given a specific date from which homeowners can apply, but it has said it will be from the end of September. In the meantime, however, you can use the scheme’s official online tool on the Simple Energy Advice website to check your eligibility, learn about the improvements best suited to your home, get an estimate of costs, and find accredited tradespeople to contact for quotes. The Simple Energy Advice website will also be where you eventually apply for the scheme.

Am I eligible for the Green Homes Grant?

All homeowners and social/private landlords in England are able to apply for the scheme, but new-build properties that have not yet been occupied are not eligible.

Households on lower incomes are able to apply for vouchers covering up to 100% of the cost of improvements, up to a maximum value of £10,000 (this does not include landlords). To qualify for the low-income scheme applicants must be receiving at least one of the following benefits:

  • Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing benefit

What happens if I’m claiming other energy-related grants or funding?

There are two initiatives that could be impacted by the Green Home Grant.

Energy Company Obligation

According to Simple Energy Advice, you will not be able to claim Green Homes Grant subsidy vouchers towards the cost of a measure which has also received funding under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). However, you can claim both ECO and Green Homes Grant subsidy providing they are each for different measures – for example loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.

Renewable Heat Incentive

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gives households money towards renewable heating costs in their home. Payments are made for seven years and are based on the amount of renewable heat made by your heating system.

Simple Energy Advice says that you’ll be able to claim both the Domestic RHI and the Green Home Grant for the renewable heat installation. You must claim the Green Home Grant first and then notify Ofgem that you have used it when you apply for accreditation to the Domestic RHI. The Green Homes Grant will then be deducted from your Domestic RHI payments.

Households can claim the Green Homes Grant for energy efficiency measures both before and after accreditation to the Domestic RHI.

What happens next?

The Green Homes Grant is a large and significant scheme requiring a lot of legislation and preparation for those running it, which is why the government is releasing information in stages. Next to come will likely be an announcement on the exact opening date for applications. Of course, we’ll let you know when that happens! Meanwhile, start getting advice about home improvements to see what is suitable for your circumstances. Insulation is one of the best things to do to reduce your carbon footprint and the offer will no doubt be oversubscribed so it is definitely worth doing your homework now (especially if you need to liaise with your landlord).  

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