Green Homes Grant
What is the Green Homes Grant?
Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy-efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.
The government will provide a voucher that covers up to two-thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. You may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy if you are a homeowner and either you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying means-tested benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of these vouchers is £10,000. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme
How It Would Work?
As an example, a homeowner installing cavity wall and floor insulation costing £4,000 would only pay about £1,320. The Government will contribute the remaining £2,680 through the voucher scheme.
Those on low incomes will be able to get more. In that case, the Government will cover the full cost of the energy-efficient improvements, so you won't have to pay anything – and the vouchers could be worth up to £10,000 per household.
Local Authorities will also be making support available for low-income households in their local area through the Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery. More information on participating Local Authorities will be made available on GOV.UK in due course.
What improvements can you get?
Vouchers must be used to install at least one primary home insulation or low carbon heating measure.
If you choose to install at least one of the primary measures, you can use your voucher to help cover the cost of secondary measures. The subsidy for the secondary measure is capped at the value of the subsidy provided for the primary measures. For example, if you receive £400 for a primary measure such as a cavity wall insulation, you will be able to receive a maximum of £400 for a secondary measure such as an energy-efficient replacement door.
The primary and secondary measures are set out below:
- Solid wall
- Cavity wall
- Under-floor insulation (solid floor; suspended floor)
- Flat roof
- Room in roof
- Park home insulation
Low Carbon Heat (where the home is suitability situated):
- Air source heat pump
- Ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal
- Biomass pellet boilers
Windows and doors:
- Draught proofing
- Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
- Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- Energy-efficient replacement doors
Heating controls and Insulation:
- Hot water tank thermostats
- Hot water tank insulation
- Heating Controls (Smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves)
Apply for the Green Homes Grant scheme
- Check if you're eligible and see what improvements can be made to your home.
- The government will provide a voucher worth up to £5,000 or £10,000 to help cover the cost of making energy-efficient improvements to your home.
- Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.
- You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2021.
Items not covered by the voucher
There are certain items that are not covered by the voucher, including:
- Building a new extension or conversion to your home
- Insulating a conservatory with no fixed heating
- Installing a new fossil fuel boiler (such as gas, oil or LPG boilers)
Read more information on items that are and are not covered by the voucher. This list was last updated on 28 August 2020.
How to apply
You can apply for a voucher from the end of September 2020. Before you apply, you can use the tool below to:
- Check if you’re eligible for a voucher
- Check what improvements may be suitable for your home
- Choose which improvements you would like and see an estimate of how much they may cost
- Find accredited tradespeople to get quotes from to carry out the work
More information on how to apply for a voucher will be made available on GOV.UK in due course.
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.
Vouchers will be subject to terms and conditions, including:
- measures covered and not covered by the voucher
- criteria that must be met
- installation standards
- evidence required to demonstrate eligibility
You will be able to view the full terms and conditions when you apply for the voucher. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy may vary the terms of the scheme or close the scheme at any time.