Yesterday the UK Government announced that the Green Homes Grant scheme had been extended by a year. Households looking to take advantage of the Grant will now have until 31st March 2022 to get improvement work completed.
The original deadline of 31st March 2021 was criticised with homeowners initially given just six months to both apply and have all work completed. Renewable Groups found that people were calling for an extension as many reputable traders are booked up months in advance, meaning households struggled to use the scheme.
Under the Green Homes Grant, the Government has made 600,000 vouchers available for energy efficient improvements within homes across England and has set aside a budget of £2billion that households can apply for.
The date change is part of the Prime Minister’s ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which also revealed there is to be a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 instead of the original date of 2040.
The vouchers are worth up to £5,000 for a variety of energy efficiency and heating measures, such as insulation and double glazing, increasing to £10,000 for fuel poor homes.
People who qualify for the low-income scheme (who get the bigger grant of upto £10,000) 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)
- 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
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal systems are at the heart of the Government’s plan for the Green Homes Grant
Heat pumps are listed as a “first line measure” alongside insulation, which clearly demonstrates the impact a heat pump can have at reducing carbon emissions from a home. Heat pumps have long been central to the Government’s plans for UK housing to reduce carbon emissions towards the “net zero” emissions target. In order to access funding, customers have to install at least one first line measure, since these measures are deemed to make the biggest difference to the energy efficiency of the home.
Additionally, the vouchers from the government for the Green Homes Grant cover low carbon heating measures includes some of the products listed below:
- Air Source Heat Pump
- Ground Source Heat Pump
- Solar Thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
- Biomass Boiler
How to apply for your voucher
Getting A Quote
Once you’ve decided which improvements to have installed in your home, you should then contact our team so that we can put together a detailed quotation for you. We will send over your quote via email or by the post if requested. Once you have a copy of the quote, you are able to apply for the voucher.
Getting The Voucher
You’ll receive a separate voucher for each of the measures that you have applied to install.
Each voucher is only valid for the measure and property you have applied for. The voucher is only for use by the named applicant and cannot be transferred to another person.
You can only begin work once your voucher has been issued. Any work that was started before that date cannot be claimed.
Vouchers will be valid for three months from the date they are issued or until 31st March 2022 (whichever is earlier). Vouchers must be redeemed before the validity period ends.
You can request a voucher extension at any time before your voucher has expired, unless the scheme has been closed.
Getting The Work Complete
Once your voucher has been issued, our team can begin the work on the property.
At Hero Renewables, we will ask you for a 5% deposit on the renewable heating system that we will be installing in your property. This is done to ensure that your installation can be done but the 5% deposit is full refundable if the job does not go ahead.
Redeeming The Voucher
To redeem your voucher, you’ll need to confirm that:
• The installation was completed satisfactorily before the voucher expiry date
• You have received the necessary documents from the ourselves
• You have paid your share of the costs to the ourselves (if applicable)
• You meet the relevant eligibility requirements
You will need to provide a dated copy of the invoice issued by your dedicated renewable expert. When you redeem your voucher, the grant will be paid on your behalf directly to Hero Renewables.