Green Homes Grant Scheme
We published information in the North Tawton Roundabout about this scheme – more details have now been released by the Government. Eligible homeowners can get vouchers to help pay for environmentally friendly improvements, although as expected, it’s more complex than it originally appeared. To qualify for financial support, you’ll need to be installing at least one of the following “primary” improvements:
- Insulation, including solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation.
- Low carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, or solar thermal systems, which provide renewable ways of heating your home.
Then if, and only if, you’re installing at least one of the improvements above, you’ll also be able to use the vouchers to install the following “secondary” measures:
- Double or triple glazing, or secondary glazing, but only if you currently have single glazing – it won’t cover replacement double glazing.
- Energy efficient doors, where you’re replacing doors installed before 2002.
- Heating controls and insulation, including appliance thermostats, hot water tank thermostats, hot water tank insulation, smart heating controls, zone controls, delayed-start thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves.
There is likely to be much more publicity about this scheme over the coming weeks – we will try and keep you informed, we want residents who might be eligible to benefit as much as possible. Note that these grants are not means tested, this type of grant has not been available for many years so this really is a one-off opportunity. Meanwhile, the Money Saving Expert website has some excellent information and advice on this scheme, which they will keep update – so check out their site for more information.