The government has launched a £2bn Green Homes Grant Scheme.
If you're a homeowner or landlord, you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy-efficient improvements to your home. Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.
How much can I get?
Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000. If you or someone in your household receives certain benefits, you may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000. You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31st March 2021.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible if you live in England and:
- You own your own home (including long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
- You own your own park home on a residential site (including gypsy and traveller sites)
- You're a residential landlord in the private or social rented sector (including local authorities and housing associations).
You cannot get the Green Homes Grant for newly-built homes which have not been previously occupied.
You can check your eligibility here.
Full details of the grant scheme, along with details of how to apply, can be found here.
What does this mean for tradespeople?
Tradespeople and businesses that are appropriately certified to install energy efficiency and/or low carbon heating improvements in homes need to register with TrustMark to carry out work under the scheme. This confirms to homeowners that you will install measures to high standards.
You will be added to a directory of TrustMark registered installers and homeowners can then contact you to obtain a quote.
Tradespeople and businesses that install low carbon heating improvements in homes will also need to be MCS certified.
Once you are registered with TrustMark, you need to apply to become a Green Homes Grant installer so you can deliver work in the 600,000 homes that will receive vouchers. You can apply here.