Once again the government have pulled one of their flagship schemes to help homeowners lower their carbon emissions and energy bills through grants that were made available for a number of home improvements.

The Green Home Grants scheme has been scrapped even before it properly took off.

Under the GHG homeowners could claim a voucher that would pay part of a number of different home improvements. Home improvement companies applied to be put on the approved installer list.

Homeowners were able to choose a local installer and apply for a voucher for major contribution for the relevant energy saving measure.

The Green Homes Grant vouchers would cover two-thirds of the total cost cost of the energy efficient improvements, including materials, labour and VAT, up to £5,000 per household for most. Low income households could claim up to £10,000 to cover the whole cost of the home improvement measures.

There were two types of improvements Primary measures and Secondary measures.

You would need to have a primary measure to be able to claim a secondary measure.

 

The available measures were split into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures.

Primary measures

The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure.

Insulation

The following insulation measures are covered by the voucher:

  • solid wall insulation (internal or external)
  • cavity wall insulation
  • under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
  • loft insulation
  • flat roof insulation
  • pitched roof insulation
  • room in roof insulation
  • insulating a park home
Low carbon heat

The following low carbon heating measures are covered by the voucher:

  • air source heat pump
  • ground source heat pump
  • solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
  • biomass boiler
  • hybrid heat pump

Secondary measures

If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can be used to help cover the cost of any of the following secondary measures.

The amount you get towards the cost of secondary measures cannot exceed the amount you get for primary measures.

You will only be able to redeem vouchers for secondary measures once you have installed a primary measure and redeemed the vouchers for that measure.

Windows and doors

The following measures are covered by the voucher:

  • draught proofing
  • double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
  • secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
  • external energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed doors, or doors installed before 2002)
Heating controls and insulation

The following measures are covered by the voucher:

  • hot water tank thermostat
  • hot water tank insulation
  • heating controls (such as, appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves)

What the voucher covers

Costs that are covered by the voucher include:

    • labour
    • materials
    • VAT

At this time funding is still in-place under the Energy Company Obligation or ECO funding. Which covers HHCRO and LA FLEX

An announcement has also been made about another £300 million that has being given to Local Authorities to be spent helping low income families improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Full details of the Government announcement can be found here