Did you miss out on the Green Homes Grant scheme? Did you apply but never receive a voucher?
Last year a Grant scheme was announced to help thousands of homeowners with more energy efficiency systems, however the UK Government confirmed that the Grant would close to new applications early on the 31st March 2021.
Don’t Worry! As the UK government has announced a new scheme called the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) which will help towards the upfront cost of a renewable heating system and homeowners will be able to apply for the Grant on the 1st April 2022.
What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?
Homeowners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from next April to help them to replace old gas boilers with low carbon heat pumps.
The grants are part of the government’s £3.9bn plan to reduce carbon emissions from heating homes and other buildings.
It is hoped no new gas boilers will be sold after 2035. The funding also aims to make social housing and public buildings more energy efficient.
Heat Pumps Systems are at the heart of the Government’s plan for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme
Heat pumps have long been central to the Government’s plans for UK housing to reduce carbon emissions towards the “net zero” emissions target.
Ministers say the subsidises will make heat pumps a comparable price to a new gas boiler. But the £450m being allocated for the subsidies over three years will cover a maximum of 90,000 pumps.
Mike Childs, head of science at Friends of the Earth, said the number of heat pumps that the grants would cover “just isn’t very much” and meant the UK would not meet its aim of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028.
The UK has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
The renewable heating technologies that come under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme are:
Is There Life After The Renewable Heat Incentive Ends (RHI)? The Chancellor announced a ban on connecting gas to new build homes from 2025 in March 2019. It is possible that such mandatory instructions will come into force before the RHI for new domestic installations ends on 31st March 2022. The UK Government has outlined its intentions…