How to get help covering costs of energy efficient home improvements

The Green Homes Grant is a government scheme set up to help people cover the costs of making energy efficient improvements to their homes. These improvements could include installing insulation to reduce energy use, or installing low-carbon heat systems.

By installing at least one of these primary measures – insulation or low-carbon heating – people can also include secondary measures on the voucher, including draught proofing, double or triple glazing, secondary glazing, external energy efficient doors, heating controls and hot water tank thermostats.

A voucher of up to £5,000 will be provided to cover two-thirds of the cost of installing the energy efficient measures. A household on low income receiving certain benefits may be able to receive £10,000 to cover the entire cost of the improvements.

Vouchers are available for those who own their own home, or private or social landlords. New build properties that have not been previously occupied are not eligible. The voucher cannot be used to pay for works that were carried out prior to the voucher being issued. For further information on who is eligible or which improvements will be ideal for your home, visit the Simple Energy Advice Website.

Applications will open at the end of September. All works must be completed by March 31, 2021.

Certain items are not covered by the voucher, including building a new extension or conservatory, insulating a conservatory with no fixed heating or installing a new fossil fuel boiler (such as gas, oil or LPG boilers).

PECT’s Warm Homes Officer can offer assistance with the process of applying for the Green Homes Grant. For more information, call 01733 568408, email or visit the PECT website.

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