Move to help UK reach net-zero carbon targets
Homeowners in England can get vouchers for up to £5,000 to make their homes more energy efficient under the Green Homes Grant Scheme launched on 30th September. This will help pay for home improvements such as low-carbon heating systems, insulation, double glazing, and a host of other improvements that will reduce energy use in households. The scheme is available only till 31st March 2021 so homeowners will need to complete work within the next 6 months.
Commenting on the new Green Homes Grant scheme, Laurance Coey, MD, Harlequin Manufacturing Ltd, said “This is a welcome move by the UK Government to ensure that it reaches the net-zero carbon by 2050 as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. This would require extensive changes in economy and infrastructure, but it is heartening to see that we are heading in the right direction.”
How does the scheme work?
The vouchers cover only two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000 for a household. For eg: If a homeowner installs a low carbon heating system for £4,000, he/she will pay two-thirds which is £1,333, while the Government will contribute the remaining £2,667.
However, households receiving benefits are eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements with the maximum value of the voucher at £10,000. This is not applicable to landlords.
The vouchers are available for flat owners as well as homeowners including those on long leaseholds and shared ownership. Landlords of private rented and social domestic housing are eligible to use the scheme. Tenants cannot access the scheme, but homeowners can talk to their landlords to make improvements to the home. Unoccupied new build homes and commercial premises do not qualify for the vouchers.
When taking a decision to apply for the scheme, it is important to consider the time taken to get quotes, apply to the scheme, find a reliable installer and get the work completed by March 2021. Make sure that the installer is registered with Trustmark. Installers need to be registered with Trustmark to get work through the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
Click here to find out if you are eligible.
Similar to the Green Homes Grant Scheme introduced in the UK, there are schemes for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as well.
In Scotland, there is the Home Energy Scotland loan scheme, wherein homeowners get interest-free loans to make energy efficiency improvements, such as installing insulation, glazing, and heating systems.
In Wales, there is the Nest scheme which offers free advice on improving home energy efficiency. It also provides free energy efficiency improvements, such as insulation and new boilers, for those who own or privately rent their homes.
In Northern Ireland, there is the Boiler Replacement Scheme wherein homeowners get a grant of up to £1,000 towards replacing an inefficient boiler that’s more than 15 years old provided the income is less than £40,000. For those whose household income is less than £20,000, they get a grant of up to £7,500 to make improvements such as insulation, heating and glazing through the Affordable Warmth Scheme
If you need any advice on how to make your homes more energy efficient or want to invest in a new low-carbon heating system/boiler, give us a call on 028 9261 1077 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Harlequin HeatStream, our range of heating systems here.