GREEN HOMES GRANT VOUCHER SCHEME
The government has announced a new green home improvement scheme which will fund two-thirds of the cost of selected measures of around 600,0000 homes in England. The grant which is due to go live at the end of September 2020, will allow homeowners and registered landlords to claim a voucher worth up to £5,000 for a range of measures to be installed, including Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps. Households on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.
Homeowners across England will be able to access advice and support on improving the energy efficiency of their homes from the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service. SEA will suggest appropriate home improvements that homeowners may be able to apply for support in funding.
Households will be offered a list of approved TrustMark and MCS registered tradespeople in their local area to carry out the work. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September so work can commence.
Who is Eligible for the Scheme?
For the general scheme, the following properties are eligible:
• All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership)
• Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties
• Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes)
• Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites)
New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible.
So how does it work?
If a homeowner of a semi-detached or end-terrace installed an Air Source Heat Pump, costing around £9,000, the homeowner would pay just £4,000 – with the government paying £5,000. Doing so could save the owner over £300 annually on their bills (compared to oil) and reduce their carbon footprint by cutting 700 kg of CO2 a year from their home alone.
Will I still be able to take advantage of the existing Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme?
Yes, you can! You can obtain the upfront grant payment of up to £5,000 under the Green Homes Grant scheme towards the cost of your installation and then claim RHI payments for the installation. In this scenario however, the upfront grant payment will be deducted from the 7 year RHI payments so that you don't receive a "double subsidy".
What qualifies for the upfront grant of £10,000?
For the low-income scheme, only owner-occupied properties and park homes are eligible. Households receiving income-based or disability benefits would be eligible for a fully funded package of measures.
To qualify for the Green Home Grants low-income scheme, you must receive 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
HeatSource Energy Solutions Ltd are delighted to hold all the necessary certifications and registrations to enable us to offer
Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps under the Green Homes Grant scheme. If you are interested in the scheme and would like to enquire further, please give us a call on 01978 228110 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.