As part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s summer statement, green energy grants up to a possible £10,000 will be available from September in order to pay for green home improvements such as a new boiler, loft insulation or double glazing.
For the majority of homeowners, grants of up to £5,000 will be available but for those from low income households, this amount doubles in order for the cost of energy-efficient home improvements to be fully covered.
The Chancellor confirmed: "From September, homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient and create local jobs.
"The grants will cover at least two thirds of the cost, up to £5,000 per household.
"And for low income households, we’ll go even further with vouchers covering the full cost - up to £10,000."
Measures such as loft, wall and floor insulation, double glazing, lighting, energy-efficient doors, boilers and heat pumps will all be included under the scheme, with Rishi Sunak predicting a saving a £300 per year for households who make the most of the grants.
To apply for the voucher, you must either:
own your home (including park home owners, long-leaseholders and shared ownership)
be a private or social landlord
Your property must be in England to be eligible for the scheme.
Landlords cannot apply for the low-income portion of the scheme.
New-build properties that have not previously been occupied are not eligible for the scheme.
You cannot apply for the scheme if you have already received a grant from your local authority as part of the Local Authority Delivery Scheme.
How to apply
Use the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website to check what energy efficiency or low carbon heat improvements can be made to your home.
Use the SEA website to find accredited tradespeople or businesses in your area that are able to undertake the work and obtain quotes from them. You should get at least 3 quotes to make sure you are getting the best value for money.
Apply for the voucher from the end of September 2020.
You should only enter into a commitment to carry out work once you have had confirmation that your voucher application has been accepted.
You must make sure the work is scheduled to be completed, and the voucher redeemed subject to its terms and conditions, by 31 March 2021.