Homeowners and landlords can benefit from a Green Homes Grant voucher from the government to put towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to a home. The government has just announced an extension to the Green Homes Grant scheme giving homeowners in England up to the end of March 2022 to complete energy efficiency home upgrades.
The voucher is worth up to £5,000 and covers two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements to the home which includes costs for labour, materials and VAT.
Energy efficiency improvements
The government has a vast list of energy efficiency improvements you can make to your home. Here’s a brief summary which is set out as ‘primary measures’ and ‘secondary measures’. To benefit from the voucher savings, you will need to install at least one ‘Primary measure’ which the government lists as follows:
Low carbon heat
- air source heat pump
- ground source heat pump
- solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
- biomass boiler
- hybrid heat pump
- solid wall insulation (internal or external)
- cavity wall insulation
- under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
- loft insulation
- flat roof insulation
- pitched roof insulation
- room in roof insulation
- insulating a park home
With at least one primary measure installed, the voucher can also be used to help cover secondary measures installation costs. Here’s what’s included under the secondary measures:
Heating controls and insulation
- hot water tank thermostat
- hot water tank insulation
- heating controls (for example, appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat)
Windows and doors
- draught proofing
- double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
- secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)
To benefit you will need to adhere to government guidelines which include that the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures. Read about how to apply for the green homes grant scheme here.
Home improvement advice from professional electricians
Before embarking on any home improvements or refurbishments speak to experts in their field to help you get the best results for your project.
At GK Electrical Contractors, we take our role in the industry and impact it has on the environment very seriously. We offer a range of electrical services to make a home more energy efficient with considered electrical installation including electric vehicle (EV) charging points, energy efficient lighting through to home automation installation. We can help you with the choice of heating controls helping to make a smart home.
Find out how you can benefit from the Green Home Grant Voucher initiative.
Get in touch to chat with our professional electricians today about creating an energy efficient home.
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