Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week announced an extension of the Green Homes Grant scheme for an additional year until the end of March 2022.
Under the Green Homes Grant scheme, homeowners in England, including landlords, can get up to £5,000 to pay part of the cost of energy saving measures like insulation. Low income households can get 100% of the costs of work covered up to £10,000. Up to 600,000 households are estimated to benefit from savings of up to £600 on their energy bills.
The extension to the £2 billion scheme will enable additional households to benefit from the scheme following criticism that the original deadline of 31 March 2021 gave homeowners just six months to apply for and complete their work.
In addition, the scheme will create new work for accredited tradespeople in green construction, supporting 100,000 jobs across the UK.
Green Homes Grant vouchers will remain valid for 3 months from the date they are issued or until 31 March 2022, whichever is earlier, and need to be redeemed before the end date on each one. Homeowners can request an extension for circumstances outside of their control.
Through the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme, which opened in September 2020, homeowners (both freehold and leasehold owner occupiers), and landlords can apply for vouchers of up to £5,000 towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements in their homes. Some homeowners on income-based or disability benefits may be eligible for vouchers covering the full cost of improvement, up to a value of £10,000.
Minister for Climate Change Lord Callanan said:
“The Green Homes Grant scheme gives homeowners and landlords right across the country a cheaper way to make their homes more energy efficient and cut their bills – all while making their contribution to tackling climate change.”
Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, Brian Berry, said:
“The extension of the Green Homes Grant for another year is very positive news, and shows that builders’ concerns have been listened to. This will give the reassurance needed to the building industry to invest in the scheme. Our existing homes contribute 20% of all our carbon emissions and consume 35% of our energy.”