By Lydia Newman. The COVID-19 outbreak has meant that many of us are spending more time at home. As we approach winter months it is essential for our mental and physical health that we are kept warm and protected by our homes. There has never been a better time to invest in low carbon heating solutions and energy efficiency in our homes. Conveniently, now is your chance to achieve this at a fraction of the cost!
The UK government has been providing vouchers with a maximum value of £5000 since 30th September 2020. This will subsidise up to two-thirds of your household improvements. Moreover, low-income households where homeowners receive any qualifying benefits could be eligible for 100% of their improvement costs up to £10,000.
What is the difference between Primary and Secondary Measures?
Secondary measures will only be covered by your voucher if a primary insulation or low-carbon measure is installed. Your chosen secondary measures, however, must not exceed the cost of your primary measures. Did you know that 20-40% of heat in your home is lost through your doors, windows, and floors? Therefore, it is worth following a primary measure with a secondary measure.
What are the benefits?
It is promising that the UK Government is providing support to meet the goals outlined in the Clean Growth Strategy; striving for as many homes as possible to reach EPC band C by 2035 as a step towards reaching Net-Zero. As we move towards Net-Zero by 2050, it is likely there will be an expectation to have EPC ratings in Band A+. If you take advantage of this scheme you could save yourself up to £600 a year on energy bills whilst helping to overcome our climate change crisis.
Our economy has suffered from the effects of COVID-19, the construction industry, in particular, has experienced a decrease in workload and therefore reduced income. The Green Homes Grant generates business opportunities for local installers.
To be eligible to carry out work under the scheme, installers need to be registered with TrustMark.
If you are interested, do not miss this opportunity to achieve a greener home and energy savings. The deadline is on the 31st of March for both your voucher to be redeemed and your improvements to be complete.
You can check eligibility and apply here: https://www.gov.uk/check-eligible-green-homes-grant