04 Nov 2020

Making Sense of the Green Homes Grant

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Victoria Brocklesby, COO at Origin, a UK-leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, offers her insight into the Government’s Green Homes Grant and explains how homeowners can get the most out of the scheme.

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What is the Green Homes Grant?

The Green Homes Grant is a new scheme that has been introduced by the UK Government to help homeowners and landlords in England to upgrade their properties with energy-saving features. The Government will supplement the cost of these upgrades with vouchers that will cover a proportion or, in some cases, all of the cost.

The aim of the scheme is both to help homeowners by reducing their energy bills, and to promote energy efficiency in order to improve the carbon footprint of the UK. It is also hoped that the scheme will boost the economy by creating jobs following the coronavirus pandemic.

When is the grant available?

Applications for the grant opened in September and will remain open until the end of March 2021.

What will the vouchers cover?

The Green Homes Grant will cover a variety of energy-saving home improvements. These have been split into two categories – primary measures and secondary measures. To qualify for vouchers, applicants must be installing at least one primary measure. These include wall, underfloor or roof insulation, air or ground source heat pumps, and solar thermal systems.

If you have applied for vouchers to use towards a primary measure, you will also be eligible for a grant towards secondary measures. These include double and triple glazing, energy-efficient doors, draught-proofing, hot water tanks and smart heating controls. You can apply for vouchers for secondary measures up to the same value as those that were claimed for the primary measures.

The scheme will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of the improvements, up to the value of £5000 per household. For example, if you were to install a cavity wall and floor insulation that cost £4000, you would only pay £1320, whilst the Government would cover the remaining £2680.

For low-income households, the scheme will fund up to £10,000 and cover the entire cost of the work.

How can I apply for a voucher?

Anyone who owns their own home or is the landlord of a private rented or social sector domestic property is eligible to apply for vouchers.

You can apply for vouchers via the Government website before choosing an approved tradesperson to carry out the work. Once the work has been agreed, vouchers will be issued to cover a percentage of the cost.

How can I benefit from the scheme?

It is estimated that up to 600,000 homeowners in England could benefit from the scheme, and those who do take advantage could save up to £600 a year on energy bills.

The grant will also offer the opportunity to do renovation work that you may not have been able to consider previously due to cost, helping you to enjoy each room in your home all year round.

Those looking to get the most out of the scheme should consider using the grant to fund both primary and secondary improvements, in order to maximise the value of the vouchers they are eligible for. The amount that you can claim towards a secondary measure will be capped based on the value of your primary measure. For example, if you receive £2500 in vouchers for insulation, you would then be eligible for a further £2500 towards glazing.

What property types will the grant apply to?

There are no restrictions on the property types that are eligible for improvements using the grant. However, because only properties with single glazing can apply for vouchers to fund glazing work, it’s likely that the majority of homes that will benefit are older properties.

If you are looking to replace the glazing in a period property, it is important to carefully consider how the new windows and doors will fit with the original features. Flush casement designs are very versatile and work well in all styles of homes. At Origin, we also offer Georgian bar-style options, which look fantastic in traditional homes.

What traders can I use?

Once you have applied for vouchers, you will be offered a list of accredited tradespeople in your area who are registered with the scheme to carry out the work. To be part of the scheme, tradespeople must register for TrustMark or the Microgeneration Certification Scheme accreditation.

To discover more about using the Green Homes Grant towards energy-efficient doors and windows, visit the website below.

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